Media Stereotypes and their Role in Racial Healing and Equity: Community Philanthropy and News' Portrayals

Media Stereotypes and their Role in Racial Healing and Equity: Community Philanthropy and News' Portrayals

Travis Dixon

12.12.2013

Travis Dixon

 

Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members. Much of Dr. Dixon's work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His new investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.

After graduating from UCLA and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Dixon worked as a faculty member in the department of Communication Studies and a faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. In the Fall of 2003, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

DrDixon will be spending the fall 2013 semester at the Clinton School conducting interdisciplinary research, engaging in classroom activities, interacting with students and faculty and participating in ongoing scholarship of the Center on Community Philanthropy.

Dr. Travis L. Dixon, a professor of Communications Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, has spent the past semester conducting research as a Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar at the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy. During his public program, Dr. Dixon will discuss his findings on media stereotyping and draw from his extensive exploration of the portrayal of minorities in the media. Dr. Dixon will also highlight themes from a series of conversations on “Race in the Media” hosted by the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School and in Delta communities.