2017 Ph.D., Public Communication & Technology, Colorado State University
2010 M.A., Journalism, New York University
- Notable Achievement: 2010 Edwin Diamond Award (Top Student)
1991 B.A., Communication and Philosophy, William Jewell College
- Notable Achievement: President’s Humanitarian Award
2018-Present Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Communication, CSU
2014-2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Journalism and Media Communication, CSU
2011-2014 Newsroom Adviser, Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, CSU
2009-2011 Faculty Advisor, Washington Journalism & Media Conference, George Mason University
2021 Editorial Board, Persona Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
2019-Present Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
2019-Present Affiliate/Core Faculty, Nancy Richardson Design Center, Colorado State University
2010-2020 Contributor, Forbes.com, New York, NY
2009-2010 Contributor, True Slant, New York, NY
2007-2010 Reporter, National Catholic Reporter and NCRonline.org, Kansas City, MO (contract)
1998-2009 Reporter, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO (contract)
2000-2004 Sports & Entertainment Writer, American Online-Digital Cities, Chicago, IL (contract)
1993-1996 Editor, District 1 News, St. Paul, MN
1992 Editor, Marion Daily Republican, Marion, IL
1991 Reporter, Lake-Sun Leader, Osage Beach, MO
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2020-2021 Digital Communication Consultant, Scott College of Engineering, Fort Collins, CO
2019-2021 Analytics Consultant, University Communications at CSU, Fort Collins, CO
2012-2016 Writer, Jigsaw Media, Westport, CT
2015 Consultant, Bulb App, Fort Collins, CO
1996-2000 Publications Editor & Outreach Coordinator, Kansas City Public Library, KC, MO
CURRENT JOB DESCRIPTION
50% Teaching, 35% Research, 15% Service/Outreach
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Humphrey, M. (2021). Reexamining Arendt’s concept of Oikos through the lens of a YouTube Vlog. Persona Studies, 7(1), pp. 20-32.
Humphrey, M. & Gbadamosi, E. (2021). The ‘Imagined Author’: Contingent selves in an anonymous life writing subreddit. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 44(4), pp. 164-174.
Humphrey, M. (2020). The Narratable Self lost in a cave: Tracing hints of humanity in an Instagram trope. Storytelling, Self, Society, 16(2), pp. 225-243.
Humphrey, M. & Humphrey, L. (2020). Career Construction in volatile settings: seeking congruence in a journalist’s world today. Life Writing, 17(1), pp. 75-88.
Humphrey, M. (2018). Confession narratives and mass kinship of YouTube celebrities: A narrative rationality analysis. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 9(2), pp. 225-237.
Humphrey, M. (2017). ‘I Am In No Way This’: troll-hunters and pragmatic digital self-reference. Persona Studies, 3(2).
Peer Reviewed Chapters
Humphrey, M. (2020). The transmediated self as story: examining ‘working self’ narratives in social media. The Editorial Fund of the EAFIT University.
Keats, E. & Humphrey, M. (2018). From penning to pinning: performing personal ‘unfinished stories’ across multiple social media. Brill Publishers.
Humphrey, M. (2019). Has narrative found a challenge in Virtual Reality? Society for Technical Communication Intercom.
Humphrey, M. (2018). No greater than who I actually am: virtue ethics in digital life narratives. In P. Plaisance (Ed.) Communication and Media Ethics. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
Craig, D., Place, K.R., Schauster, E., Humphrey, M., Plaisance, P., Roberts, C., Thomas, R., Yetter, C., Chen, J. Moral Foundations in Life Narratives of Emerging Adults in Media-Related Fields. Submitted for peer review at Journal of Moral Education.
Humphrey, M. Small Stories in mass media: Coalescent themes and tactics in Trump’s Twitter presidency. Submitted for peer review for book chapter.
Humphrey, M. Pater for millions: Identity, economy, and collapse in a YouTube Family Vlog. Monograph. Palgrave Macmillan.
Humphrey, M. Speaking a life through the network. Peer reviewed journal article.
Humphrey, M. (2021, October). Michael Harriot’s “Threads”: Weaving Stories for Change with a Twitter Affordance. Accepted to present at the International Auto/Biography Association – Americas.
Humphrey, M. (2021, July). Reconsidering Arendt’s Oikos in digital persona. Accepted to present at the Persona Studies Online Conference.
Parks, E. and Humphrey, M. (2020, August). Storylistening. Presented a digital poster at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Great Ideas for Teachers Awards. (Received 2nd Place).
Humphrey, M. (2020, January). Editing the digital ‘I’. Accepted to present at the Modern Language Association 2020 Conference, Seattle, Washington.
Humphrey, M. (2019, June). Narratable Self & the network: Considering Cavarero in the age of social media. Accepted to present at the International Auto/Biography Association – Europe, Madrid, Spain.
Humphrey, M. (2018, November). When a story is not a “story”: The limits of defining literature forms in a digital world. Accepted to present at the 116th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Bellingham, Washington.
Humphrey, M. (2017, May). First person persuasion: linguistic properties of personal narratives in persuasive political discourse on medium.com. International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.
Humphrey, M., Champ, J., Russell, G. & Stone, L. (2017, May). Communicating science efficacy for governmental decision makers: a supply chain metaphor. International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.
Humphrey, M. (2015, October). ‘I could use some privilege’: digital rhetoric, white privilege and life narratives as terministic screens. Accepted via blind review to present at “Internet Research 16.0: Digital Imaginaries,” Association of Internet Researchers in Phoenix.
Humphrey, L. and Humphrey, M. (2015, August). Avoiding the “bad jump cut”: developing a senior year experience for journalism students. Internship and Careers Interest Group section of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco. (Awarded Best Paper).
Humphrey, M. (2015, April). Homo narrans digitalis? Examining life storytelling affordances in digital spaces. Western Social Sciences Association.
Humphrey, M. (2014, August). Uses & Grats 2.1: Considering ecosystem in User-Generated Content gratifications. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Humphrey, M. (2015, June). Quantifying a life story in digital ecosystems: content analysis on cowbird.com. International Auto-Biography Association-Americas.
Humphrey, M. (2015, March). The life you tell may be your own: social media and the algorithm of self narrative. “The Brain is Wider than the Sky” Conference, English Department, University of Wyoming.
Humphrey, M. (2014, October). ‘Small’ and ‘big’ narratives: considering the role of narrative arc in digital life storytelling. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.
Northern Colorado Deliberative Journalism Collaborative
2021, Multi-department initiative to use Public Deliberation, Journalism and Political Science to help local communities work on “wicked problems” in intentional, collaborative, and well-informed settings (Received American Press Institute grant; received Ann Gill Faculty Development Award for Collaborative Projects).
Campus Compact of the Western Region, Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI)
2019-2020, Engagement Scholarship Training cohort, Funded by the CSU Provost Office (Grant funded).
Externally Funded Projects as Co-PI
2016-2019, Science Storytelling for Policy Makers, CoPI Joseph Champ, US Geological Services (Grant funded by USGS).
Humphrey, M. (2022, January). Social Storytelling. University Wide Communications, CSU, Fort Collins, CO.
Humphrey, M. (2022, January). How to write and pitch for The Conversation. Professional, Development Institute, CSU, Fort Collins, CO.
Humphrey, M. (2021, August). Science on Tap: The Science of Storytelling. Department of Biology, CSU, and Wolverine Farm Publick House, Fort Collins, CO.
Humphrey, M. (2021, July). Strategic Communications Analytics. Office of University Communications, Colorado State University.
Humphrey, M. (2019, October). Digital Storytelling. Office of University Communications, Colorado State University.
Elkins, E., Humphrey, M., and Luna, J. (2019, September). Great Conversations: Does Technology Create or Heal Partisan Divides: Looking through the Lenses of the Liberal Arts. College of Liberal Arts, Colorado State University.
Georgakopoulou, A., Giaxoglou, K., M. Humphrey (2019, May). Ego Media. Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK.
Humphrey, M. (2019, May). The Storyworld Conundrum: Immersion and the Mind in VR Narratives. Culture Vultures III, Johnson and Wales University.
Humphrey, M. (2018, October). Storytelling in Immersive Environments. Office of Vice President for Research “Ram Reality” Symposium, Colorado State University.
Humphrey, M. (2018, March). “The Flourishing ‘I’: Anscombe and the Ethics of Life Narrative in Digital Space.” Distinguished visiting scholar lecture sponsored by the Don W. Davis Program in Ethical Leadership in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State University.
Humphrey, M. (2015 & 2017, August). The Power of Story in Leadership. Presented as a module in the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts and the Public program, at Colorado State University.
Humphrey, M. (2015, August). I Was A Start-Up Intern. A “lightning-round” presentation for the AEJMC Pre-Conference Workshop on Media Entrepreneurship, San Francisco.
Frank, R., Humphrey, M. and Manning, J. (2013, May). Developing digital-first student journalists. Presented at the Western Association of University Publication Managers, Denver.
Humphrey, M. (2013, February). Why UX matters for journalism. Presented at the Journalism/interactive Conference, Gainesville.
RECENT JOURNALISM PUBLICATIONS (Creative)
Humphrey, M. (October, 2021). What happens to your life stories if you delete your Facebook account? TheConversation.com.
Humphrey, M. (February, 2021). I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying. TheConversation.com.
Humphrey, M. (August, 2020). Meet The Woman Who Helped Spark The Adventure Elopement Trend. Forbes.com.
Humphrey, M. (April, 2020). What We Can Learn From Students Rebuilding Universities In Minecraft. Forbes.com.
Humphrey, M. (March, 2020). A Craft Brewery Town Is Sent ‘Packaging’ By Coronavirus. Forbes.com.
Humphrey, M. (May, 2019). A Pod Of Her Own: Dear Media Bets Influencers Can Amplify Podcasts By Women. Forbes.com
Great Ideas for Teachers – 2nd Place (August, 2020). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Best Teacher Award (March, 2019). Alumni Association of Colorado State University.
TEACHING & ADVISING (past 5 years)
Year Semester Course No. & Title Cr. Hr. Enrollment
2021 Fall JTC 359, Audience Insights
2021 Fall JTC 411, Media Ethics and Issues
2021 Fall JTC 501, Mass Media Theory
2021 Summer JTC 526, Digital Media Writing & Production
2021 Spring JTC 792, Seminar in Narrative Theory
2021 Spring JTC 460, Senior Capstone
2020 Fall JTC 359, Audience Insights
2020 Fall JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism
2019 Summer JTC 526, Digital Media Writing & Production
2020 Spring JTC 490, Media Analytics
2020 Spring LB 393, Storylistening
2019 Fall JTC 500, Comm Research & Evaluation Methods
2019 Fall JTC 422, JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism
2019 Summer JTC 526, Digital Media Writing & Production
2019 Spring JTC 490, Media Analytics
2019 Spring JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2018 Fall JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2018 Fall JTC 500, Comm Research & Evaluation Methods
2018 Summer JTC 526, Digital Media Writing & Production
2018 Summer JTC 326-401, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2018 Spring JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2018 Spring JTC 490, Media Analytics
2017 Fall JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2017 Fall JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism
2017 Summer JTC 300, Professional & Technical Communication
2017 Summer JTC 326-401, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2017 Spring JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2017 Spring JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism
2017 Spring JTC 270, Analyzing Data in Journalism and Media
2016 Fall JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
2016 Fall JTC 326 L03, Online Storytelling Lab
2016 Fall JTC 490, Entrepreneurial Journalism
2016 Summer JTC 326-401, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement
CHAIR, GRADUATE THESIS STUDENTS:
Scaccia, Jesse (PhD)
Farhadi, Parisa (PhD)
Finch, Meredith (Master of Science)
Luft, Emily (Master of Science)
Sakas, Michael (Master of Science)
Kelly, Brendan (Master of Science)
CHAIR, RECENTLY GRADUATED
Donaldson, Haley (MCMM)
Callendar, Chaz (Master of Science)
Gbadamosi, Elias (Master of Science)
Peterman, Katharyn (Master of Science)
Barthelmes, Michael (MCMM)
Osheim, Jeremiah (MCMM)
Cotnoir, Victoria (MCMM)
Current Graduate Committee Memberships (excluding those chaired):
2012 – Present 30 Undergraduate Independent Studies Advised
2020-2021 Advisor, Undergraduate Research Academy
OUTREACH & SERVICE
2021 – Present Steering Committee Member, Committee for Equity Action, College of Liberal Arts
2021 – 2022 Job Search Chair, Office of Vice President for Research
2018 – Present Twitter Manager, Journalism and Media Communication
2018-Present Faculty Council Representative, Colorado State University
2018-Present Undergraduate Committee Member, Journalism and Media Communication
2020 Merit Review Committee, Journalism and Media Communication
2019 Visioning Team, VR/AR for Design Thinking Online Graduate Certificate, Nancy Richardson Design Center
2017-18 Department Scholarship Committee, Journalism and Media Communication
Online News Association
Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication
Colorado Press Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Broadcast Education Association
Community and Campus Engagement
2019-2020 Academic Member, Colorado Media Project
2018 Ramify Podcast, Journalism and Media Communication
2016-Present Faculty mentor Office of Academic Advising
2016-Present JMC Capstone Presentations Analytics Workshop
2015-2018 Colorado J-Day Presenter on Digital Media
2015 Coloradoan Hack Fort Collins Events Committee Member
2014-2015 Public Relations Society of America Presenter on LinkedIn strategies
2011-2013 CSU-Wales Journalism Training Summer Program Lab Coordinator
2012-2013 CSU Freshman Mentor Program Journalism/Media Facilitator
2012 Texas Regions Emmys Judge for Interactive Projects (2012)
2022 850 KOA, “Elon Musk’s twitter aspirations”
2022 Rocky Mountain PBS, “Should I Delete my Facebook Account”
2021 Rising Up With Sonali, “Analyzing Trump’s Twitter”
2021 CBS Denver, “CSU Researcher Analyzes Every Trump Tweet, Finds Underlying Theme”
2020 STATE: The Magazine of Colorado State University System, “Screen Time”
2020 CSU Source, “Posts have power”
2020 CLA Magazine, “Order, Authenticity, and Context Collapse”
2020 Compact Nation Podcast
2018 Office of Vice President for Research Podcast
2017 New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers
2016 The Vlogumentary, a feature documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock
2014 The New York Times
2013 Southern California Public Radio
2012 RT America
2012 PBS Channel 12
2012 KUSA Channel 9
2011 Public Radio International “The Story”