Michael Humphrey CV


Michael Humphrey

Department of Journalism & Media Communication

C205 Clark Building

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 80523



2017 Ph.D., Public Communication & Technology, Colorado State University

2010 M.A., Magazine 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 Instructor, 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


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-Present Contributor, Forbes.com, New York, NY

2016 Consultant, The History Project, Oakland, CA

2012-2016 Writer, Jigsaw Media, Westport, CT

2015 Consultant, Bulb, Fort Collins, CO

2007-2010 Contributor, National Catholic Reporter, Kansas City, MO

1998-2009 Contributor, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

2000-2004 Contributor, American Online-Digital Cities, Chicago, IL

1991-2009 Director, A Thousand Stories Project, Kansas City, MO

1996-1998 Publications Editor, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO

1993-1996 Editor, District 1 News, St. Paul, MN

1992 Editor, Marion Daily Republican, Marion, IL

1991 Reporter, Lake-Sun Leader, Osage Beach, MO


50% Teaching, 35% Research, 15% Service/Outreach


Refereed Journal Articles

Humphrey, M. (In Press). The Narratable Self lost in a cave: Tracing hints of humanity in an Instagram trope. Storytelling, Self, Society

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).

Refereed 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.

Invited Manuscripts 

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. 

Monographs in Progress

Humphrey, M. (In Progress). Pater for Millions: Identity, Economy, and Collapse in a YouTube Family Vlog. Monograph. Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed Proceedings/Transactions

Parks, E. and Humphrey, M. Storylistening. Accepted to present 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.


Externally Funded Projects as Co-PI

2016-2019, Science Storytelling for Policy Makers, CoPI Joseph Champ, USGS, $75,000.

Campus Compact of the Western Region, Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI)

2019-Present, Engagement Scholarship Training cohort, Funded by the CSU Provost Office.


Humphrey, M. (2019, October). Digital Storytelling. Office of 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.


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


Best Teacher Award, 2019, Alumni Association of Colorado State University.

Great Ideas for Teachers (2nd Place), 2020, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


2020 Fall JTC 359, Audience Insights

2020 Fall JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism

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


2020 Merit Review Committee, Journalism and Media Communication

2019 Visioning Team, VR/AR for Design Thinking Online Graduate Certificate, Nancy Richardson Design Center

2018-2019 Faculty Council Representative, Colorado State University

2018-Present Undergraduate Committee Member, Journalism and Media Communication 

2017-18 Department Scholarship Committee, Journalism and Media Communication 

Professional Affiliations 

Modern Language Association

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Online News Association
Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication
Colorado Press Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Broadcast Education Association
NoCO News Hackers (co-founder)

Community and Campus Engagement

2019-Present Academic Member, Colorado Media Project
2018 Twitter Manager, Journalism and Media Communication
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)

Media Appearances
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”

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”