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Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.
Department Chair; Professor, Communication Studies757.352.4203

Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.


Dr. Stephen Perry came to Regent in 2014 and has served as the interim dean of the Robertson School of Government and the associate dean of the School of Communication & the Arts. He currently serves as the chair for the Communication Studies Program.

Perry previously spent 17 years on the faculty at Illinois State University; held elected office as a member of the Bloomington, Illinois, School Board; and was a candidate for state representative. He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, double majoring in mathematics and mass communication, where he also played on the tennis team and worked for W61AR-TV. He spent four years running a painting company in Massachusetts before attending graduate school at the University of Alabama.

Perry spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where he researched warning dissemination in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. He also taught at the HBCU Stillman College in Alabama in the mid-90s.

Perry’s research interests include broadcast history, media effects on public opinion, peace journalism, and religion and media. He founded and edits Communication Research Replication and serves as executive editor of Artifact Analysis. He previously edited Mass Communication and Society.

Perry grew up in a pastor’s home in South Florida and later in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Rev. Kay Lynn Perry, planted two churches, one as lay people and one where she served as pastor while he led the music. He plays keyboards in the church his wife pastors in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1987; M.A., University of Alabama, 1993; Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1995


Perry, S. D. (in press). Radio script revels in 1930s broadcasting and air mail progress: The technological sublime on NBC. Artifact Analysis, 2(1).


Perry, S. D. (2022). Value consistency in peace journalism: Opposing structural and cultural violence through prodding for positive peace. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 66, 623-646.


Bates, S., Eze, I., Groves, L.L. & Perry, S.D. (2022). Celebrity influence subverted in I am Second: An invitation to understanding. Artifact Analysis, 1(3), 27-50.

Perry, S.D., & Scott, J. (2022). A Boondoggle in Space: Themes in 1960s-era space exploration coverage by the Saturday Evening Post. Artifact Analysis, 1(1), 68-91. Available:

Fletcher, C., Perry, S.D., Eschler-Freudenrich, C., Powers, J., Khoo, F., Dunbar, B., Nyamwange, B., Besant, H., & Duckett, J. (2022). Education and debating social and political issues in the Naperville Lyceum. Artifact Analysis, 1(1), 1-21. Available:

Gouse, V., Valentine-Lopez, M., Perry, S.D., & Nyamwange, B. (2019). An investigation of the conceptualization of peace and war in peace journalism studies of media coverage of national and international conflicts. Media War & Conflict.

David, K., Myers, M., Gouse, V., Perry, S.D., & Stein, C.B. (2019). Examination of insecure attachment and the potential for parental attachment to a favorite celebrity. North American Journal of Psychology, 21, 387-406

Perry, S.D. (2017). A sponsor’s fight for audience: How General Foods promoted listenership for the Byrd Expedition broadcasts. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 24, 339-356.

Top article published in JRAM in 2017.

Bissell, K., & Perry, S.D. (Eds.) (2013). Olympics, Media, and Society. London: Routledge.

Perry, S.D. (2013). The meaning of contemporary Christian music for Evangelicals. In Robert H. Woods (Ed.) Evangelical Christians and popular culture: Pop goes the culture (vol. 2, pp. 119-132). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

Perry, S.D. (2013). The demise of live radio entertainment in the Heartland: A case study. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 20, 134-150. DOI: 10.1080/19376529.2013.778674.

Moore, M. & Perry, S.D. (2012). Oughts vs. ends: Seeking an ethical normative standard for journal acceptance rate calculation methods. Journal of Academic Ethics, 10, 113-121. DOI:10.1007/s10805012-9158-3

Perry, S.D. & Lee, K.C. (2007). Mobile phone text messaging overuse among developing world university students. Communicatio, 33(2), 63-79.

Perry, S.D. (2007). Tsunami warning dissemination in Mauritius. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35(4), 399-417.

Baldwin, J., Perry, S.D., & Moffitt, M.A. (Eds.) (2004). Communication Theories for Everyday Life, Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman.

Perry, S.D., & Roesch, A. (2004). He’s in a new neighborhood now: Religious meanings of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Journal of Media and Religion, 3(4), 199-218.

Lee, K.C., & Perry, S.D. (2004). Student instant message use in a ubiquitous computing environment: Effects of deficient self-regulation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 48(3), 399-420.


Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
Broadcast Education Association
Religious Communication Association


Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Regent University, 2018
Article of the Year, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 2017
Treyes Award, AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Division, 2016, 2013
Fulbright Fellow, Lecturing/Research Award to the University of Mauritius, 2004-05