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About Carrie P. Freeman

Dr. Freeman (PhD, Univ of Oregon, 2008) is a critical/cultural studies researcher who studies media ethics, communication strategies for social justice movements, and the media's coverage of nonhuman animal and environmental issues, in particular, animal agribusiness and veganism. Her first book is "Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights" (2014), a 2016 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist in the Social/Political Change category. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In Fall of 2020 UGA Press is publishing her second book "The Human Animal Earthling Identity: Shared Values Unifying Human Rights, Animal Rights & Environmental Movements."
Dr. Freeman co-authors the website that provides style guide recommendations for all types of media practitioners on responsible representation of animals and their issues.
In addition to a previous career in public relations and H.R./professional development, she’s been active in the animal rights and vegetarian movement for two decades and has served as a volunteer director for local grassroots groups in three states. She currently serves as a co-host on a weekly Atlanta-based community radio program on animal protection (Second Opinion Radio) and a semi-monthly host of an environmental program (In Tune to Nature), both on WRFG 89.3FM.


Present Associate Professor of Communication, Georgia State University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

media studies, media ethics, strategic communication for social change, critical animal studies, and environmental communication

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Honors and Awards

  • Professional Relevance Award, Media Ethics Division of the AEJMC National Conference, for co-authored paper “Anonymous Sources: A Utilitarian Exploration of Their Justification and Guidelines for Limited Use”
  • Best Faculty Paper Award for "Vegetarian Characters at Odds with Television’s Carnonormativity: You Don’t Win Friends with Salad,” Environmental Comm Division, Intl Comm Assn conference, Seattle May 2014
  • Research grant awarded from The Culture & Animals Foundation to support my book project “Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights”and again in 2016 for Human Animal Earthling book project.
  • Dissertation research grant from The Animal Welfare Trust, NY
  • 2016 National Indie Excellence book award finalist in the Social/Political Change category for "Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights"
  • • Awarded the “Outstanding Faculty Member” annual honor for GSU Communication Department (one faculty selected by the department’s Executive Committee each year). Spring 2017


  • Communication Pedagogy
  • Media, Ethics & Society (JOUR4800)
  • Introduction to Theories of Mass Communication (JOUR 3070)
  • Communicating Environmental Issues (JOUR/SPCH 3040))
  • Strategic Communication for Social Change (COMM 6160 / C8980)
  • Communication Ethics (COMM 8090)


2004 - 2008 PhD, University of Oregon ‐ School of Journalism & Communication

Contact Information

Georgia State University
Communications Dept
P.O. Box 5060
Atlanta, GA 30302-5060


Books (2)

Articles (9)

Contributions to Books (10)

Other (2)