Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Jamie Ward, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of public relations at Eastern Michigan University. Jamie is a public relations practitioner with over a decade of university teaching experience.
Prior to entering academia, Jamie spent the first half of her career in nonprofit public relations where she worked with clients including the Girl Scouts of Macomb County, HAVEN, The Michigan Nonprofit Association, Girls Empowered, Make A Wish Foundation and several other Michigan based nonprofit organizations. Jamie also owned and operated her own public relations/graphic design firm, Unique Notions, catering to nonprofit organizations. She has designed and led several media training workshops, led multiple re-branding campaigns, managed crisis situations and garnered local and national media coverage.
In academia, Jamie is a social scientist who uses methodologies and theories from communications, media studies, cultural studies, sociology and education. Her work focuses on storytelling for advocacy and engagement. She explores ideologies, frames and stereotypes within popular culture in order to bring marginalized perspectives and experiences into dialogues with dominant narratives. While seemingly disparate in topic, ranging from music lyrics to YouTube content, LGBT publics to war veterans, her work is linked by a commitment to examining the ways in which marginalized groups are constructed, transformed and challenged within popular culture spaces. Jamie has presented at local and national conferences and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Public Relations Journal. Jamie is the author/co-author of A Practical Guide to Ethics in Public Relations and Veteran Friendships Across Lifetimes: Brother and Sisters in Arms.