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Strategic Communication

Dr. Aisha Powell

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication

Office: Communication Center 213

Professional Summary


PhD — Howard University
MA — Columbia University
BA— The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Aisha Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic Communication at Morgan State University. She teaches several fundamental courses including strategic writing and event planning. Her recent publications can be found in New Media and Society, Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication Quarterly, The Journal of African American Studies, and the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, respectively.

Before joining academia, Dr. Powell was a journalist, reporting on underrepresented communities like the Black diaspora, students in high-needs school districts, and low-income residents. Her journalistic work can be found in Forbes Media, the Miami Herald, the Journal News and the Haitian Times. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Powell supports communication scholarship and service as the Vice-Chair Elect for the National Communication Association’s Black Caucus; the At-Large Member for Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association; and the Archivist for New York State Communication Association.

Dr. Powell’s research interest explores cultural phenomena in new media technologies, the Black nexus on digital media, and health disparities. A primary focus has been on Black international migration, particularly Black women’s experiences in Russia from the 1930s to the present day. Other research interests in health communications, especially health disparities for vulnerable populations that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Powell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Innovative Entrepreneurship from the Pennsylvania State University; her Master of Science from the Columbia Journalism School; and her Doctorate of Philosophy from Howard University’s Department of Communication Culture and Media Studies.