Erin L. Berry-McCrea, Ph.D.

  • Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Media and Communications

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Educational Background

B.S. – Mass Communication
University of North Carolina – Pembroke

M.A. – Organizational Communications (Public Affairs)
Bowie State University

Ph.D. – Language, Literacy, and Culture
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Area(s) of Research

  • Language, Culture, and Communication
  • African-American Rhetoric, Intercultural Communication, Multicultural Education, Interpersonal Communication, Digital Media
  • Ethics and Research Methods in Media and Communication Studies
  • Womanist Standpoint and Hip-Hop Lyricism


Refereed Journal Articles

2018 Berry-McCrea, Erin L. “To My Girls in Therapy See Imma Tell You This for Free…” Black millennial women speaking truth to power in and across the digital landscape.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (In Press).

2016 Daniels, A. and Erin L. Berry. “For Harriet, For Me: An Analysis of Black Feminist Safe Spaces in Digital Media.” PHILLIS: The Journal of Research on African American Women. 3(1)79-90 (In Press).

Book Chapters

2018 Berry, Erin L. “African American Family Language and Literacy Practices in the Digitized World” In T.A. Flowers & L. A. Flowers (Eds.). Engaging African American Families in Literacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing (Forthcoming).

Book Reviews

2018 Berry-McCrea, Erin L. A review of Wyletta Gamble-Lomax’s “The lived experience of African American women mentors: What it means to guide as community pedagogues.” Journal of Negro Education (Forthcoming).

2018 Erin L. Berry-McCrea and Loviglio, J. & A review of Sonja D. Williams’ “Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media Vol 16:1 (In Press).

Commentaries (Peer-Reviewed)

2017 Flowers, T. A. & Erin L. Berry “21st Century Black Codes in K-12 School Policies Related to Black Hair”. Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education (In Press).

Community Involvement

  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Member, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Member, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
  • Member, National Council of Black Studies (NCBS)
  • Member, National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Member, Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL)

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 Language, Literacy, and Culture Program Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship, UMBC; $2,000
  • 2018 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award, NCTE; $1,000
  • 2017 Dresher Center Residential Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Dresher Center for the Humanities, UMBC; $1,500
  • 2017 Towson University Diversity Faculty Fellowship (Individual Research Project); $1,500
  • 2017 Towson University Diversity Faculty Fellowship Grant (Individual Research Project); $750
  • 2016 Erin L. Berry and Talisha Dunn-Square. Co-Recipients of Academic Transformation Grant for Course Redesign of COMM 240: Introduction to Mass Communications, Bowie State University; $6,000
  • 2015 Jodi Crandall Fellowship for Research in Language, Literacy & Culture at UMBC to support pre-dissertation research; $400
  • 2015 Scholarly Development Award from the Dresher Center for the Humanities, UMBC; $1,000
  • 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Arts & Sciences, Bowie State University
  • 2010 Second Place for Graduate Student Research, Eastern Communications Association Centennial Scholarship Program
  • 2009 Institutional Merit Scholarship, Bowie State University; $750

Favorite Quote

“If I didn’t define myself for myself; I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive”– Audre Lorde