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Rachel Davis Mersey

Faculty ScholarPh.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Dean for Research, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor, Moody College of Communication
Rachel Davis Mersey



Rachel Davis Mersey is associate dean for research at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor in the School of Journalism and Media.

She is the author of two books. Mobile Disruptions, with co-authors in the U.S. and the Middle East, examines the state of and opportunity for mobile media innovations in the Gulf states. Can Journalism Be Saved?, which is at the foundation of work she still does today, stands as a formative argument recasting local news efforts as community-driven initiatives.

Rachel is currently researching the media consumption habits of elites with attention to the implications for community-building and democracy. In addition, Rachel is collaborating with colleagues to examine the community infrastructure variables that are correlated with healthy local media markets. She is involved with a number of different industry-relevant projects including the examination of factors of media engagement, audience development via social video, and podcasting.

Previously, Rachel worked at the Gannett-owned Arizona Republic, where she worked with and the NBC-affiliate. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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