Assistant Professor of Communication
Strom Thurmond Center, Faculty Suite 111
Jason Peterson is an assistant professor of communication. In his teaching, he specializes in multimedia reporting and writing, media history, sports communication and public relations.
He earned his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2011 under the advisement of Dr. David R. Davies. Peterson earned his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication at Georgia College & State University in 2001 and a Master of Arts in journalism at the University of Georgia in 2004.
His research interests include the Civil Rights Movement and sports journalism. Peterson received the J. William Snorgrass Memorial Award for Outstanding Paper on a Minorities Topic from the American Journalism Historians Association in 2009 and was again honored by the organization in 2012 as a finalist for The Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize. Peterson’s research has been published in American Journalismand his first book, Full Court Press: Mississippi State University and the Battle Against the Press to Integrate State College Basketball, 1955-1973, is in press with the University Press of Mississippi.
Prior to entering academia, Peterson worked as a journalist for The Macon Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, and The Daily Herald in McDonough, Georgia, and served as the Publications and Marketing Coordinator for the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi.
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