David Stamps

  • Assistant Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.A. California State University, Northridge
  • B.A. Columbia College Chicago

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in Public Relations. However, and more importantly, I bring all of my experiences into the classroom including my background as a public relations and media practitioner and my various intersecting identities. I use my narrative to encourage students to develop a sense of historical empathy, to make connections with class material, and to understand that strategic communication is more than just the study of the exchange of information, ideas, and societal practices. I expect students to critically engage and ask how certain interactions happen and how people understand, explain, and live with what takes place in various communicative engagements.

Research Interests

My research agenda examines the role of media’s presentation of racialized and gendered stereotypes and how these depictions affect various groups in terms of affect, behavioral, and cognitive. My research program is two-fold, to analyze media depictions and interpersonal interactions of marginalized groups and examine how those experiences may affect individuals from an intergroup and intragroup perspective. I seek to understand how social groups, especially historically oppressed groups, realize, protect, and affirm their identity in various social and mediated contexts. My work bridges critical race, feminist, and social scientific intellectual traditions and utilizes thematic and data analyses to uncover nuanced communication experiences among audiences.

Consulting/Practice Interests

Of late, I have become a consultant on DEI efforts within organizations, including schools, professional settings, and among social spaces (e.g., churches, communal groups). In this role I clarify and interrogate how we may better engage with DEI efforts BUT I also lay out an action plan and prepare individuals to go out in the world and simple DO BETTER. To date, I have worked alongside The Stuart Hall School (New Orleans, LA), Canvas8 (London, UK), and the US Veterans Affairs Center (Martinsburg, VA), to name a few.


David Stamps, an Assistant Professor in IDCC, earned his Ph.D. from UCSB and M.A. from CSUN. His research focuses on interpersonal engagement among racialized individuals, representations of groups in media and the impact of imagery on audience members.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • International Communication Association 2016 - Present
  • National Communication Association 2016 - Present
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Stamps, D., Sahlman, J. (2021). Audiences’ Mediated Contact with Black Characters in Scripted Television and Support for Racialized Social Issues. Communication Studies, (72) 5 834-849.
  • Stamps, D., Mandell, L., Lucas, R. (2021). Relational maintenance, collectivism, and coping strategies among Black populations during COVID-19. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, (38) 8 2376-2396.
  • Stamps, D. (2021). It’s all relative: The dual role of media consumption and media literacy among Black audiences. Southern Communication Journal, (86) 3 231-243.
  • Stamps, D. (2021). The collective challenges of color, COVID-19, and their convergence. Journal of Children and Media, (15) 1 134-137.
  • Stamps, D. (2020). The role of race, racism, and group relevant social issues. Advances in Journalism and Communication, (8) 4 131-149.
  • Stamps, D. (2020). Media literacy as liberator: Black audiences’ adoption of media literacy, news media exposure, and perceptions of self and group members. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, (14) 3 240-257.
  • Stamps, D. (2020). B(l)ack by popular demand: An analysis of positive Black male characters in television and audiences’ community cultural wealth. Journal of Communication Inquiry, (45) 2 97-118.
  • Stamps, D. (2020). Race and media: A critical essay acknowledging the current state of race-related media effects research and directions for future exploration. Howard Journal of Communications, (31) 2 121-136.
  • Stamps, D., Mastro, D. (2019). The problem with protests: Emotional effects of race-related news media. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, (97) 3 617-643.
  • Figueroa-Caballero, A., Mastro, D., Stamps, D. (2019). An examination of the effects of mediated intragroup and intergroup interactions. Communication Quarterly, (67) 3 271-290.
  • Stamps, D. (2019). Is it really representation? A qualitative analysis of Asian and Latino characterizations in broadcast television. American Communication Journal, (21) 1 1-12. (Link)
  • Stamps, D. (2018). Will boys be boys: An exploration of social support, affection, and masculinities within non-romantic male relationships. The Kentucky Journal of Communication, (37) 1 56-75.
  • Stamps, D. (2017). The social construction of the African American family on broadcast television: A comparative content analysis of The Cosby Show and Blackish. Howard Journal of Communications, (28) 4 405-420.
  • Stamps, D. (). Black audiences’ identity-focused social media use, group vitality, and consideration of collective action. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Forthcoming.
  • Hickerson, H., Stamps, D. (). Health messaging and social media: An examination of message fatigue, race, and emotional outcomes among Black audiences. International Journal of Communication. (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Stamps, D., Bickham, S., Heydel, S., Broussard, J. (). Black cultural projection: An analysis of major daily news coverage of successful Black mayoral campaigns in large metropolitan cities. Communication Review. Forthcoming.

    Book Chapters

  • Stamps, D. (2021). Yvonne Orji’s Docuseries, First Gen: First-Generational Narratives and the Impact on Audiences’ Community Cultural Wealth In Banjo O.O. , (Eds.) Immigrant Generations, Media Representations, and Audiences. 185-201. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Stamps, D. (2021). Black Brotherhood, Black Professionalism, and Black Entrepreneurship as depicted in Martin, The Wayans Bros., and Malcolm & Eddie In L. Brackett , (Eds.) Working While Black: Essays on Television Portrayals of African American Professionals. 47-56. McFarland Press
  • Stamps, D. (2019). Fruitvale Station: A Humanistic and Vulnerable Glimpse into Black Masculinities In , (Eds.) Films as Rhetorical Texts: Cultivating Discussion about Race, Racism and Race Relations. 117-136. Lexington Press
  • Mastro, D., Stamps, D. (2018). Depictions of race/ethnicity in the media and the implications of exposure on ingroup and outgroup audiences. In P. Napoli , (Eds.) Mediated communication: Handbook of communication science. 341-358. de Gruyter Mouton Press

  • Presentations

  • Stamps, D. (2021). “An exploration of Black media consumers’ critical and digital media literacy skills and psychological well-being”
  • Stamps, D., Ramirez, F. (2021). “Black resilience: An examination of the relationship between news consumption, trust, and community-based coping strategies among Black audiences”
  • Hickerson, H., Stamps, D. (2021). “Health messaging in the media: An examination of the relationship between message fatigue, race and its effects on Black audiences”
  • Stamps, D. (2021). “Same Gender Loving Black Male Characters in the scripted series Designated Survivor”
  • Stamps, D. (2021). “What might healing look like? The relationship between Black audiences' media gratifications, group-based characteristics, and motivation for collective action”
  • Stamps, D., Mandell, L. (2021). “Black Community Resilience and Coping Strategies Amid COVID-19. ”
  • Stamps, D., Figueroa-Caballero, A. (2020). “Identity, Media Engagement, and Tendencies Toward Collective Action among Blacks and Latinx Audiences”
  • Stamps, D. (2020). “Progression and Protection: Black Audiences' Mass Media Consumption, Media Literacy Skills, and Individual and Group Esteem”
  • Stamps, D. (2020). “Identity Denied: An Examination of News Media, Affective Responses and Social Judgments among Racialized Audiences”
  • Santia, M., Stamps, D. (2020). “Transgender Characters in Mainstream Television Programming: Understanding Media Representation and Effects on Audiences. ”
  • Stamps, D. (2020). “A Mediated Intergroup Examination of Black Characters in Scripted Television and Audiences’ Parasocial Affection and Social Judgment on Minority-Related Issues”
  • Stamps, D., Sahlman, J. (2020). “Whiteness, Social Judgments & Non-Racialized Social Issues”
  • Stamps, D., Linz, D. (2019). “I Don’t See Color, But I See Myself Everywhere: Perceptions of Race and Support for Diversity at a Predominately White Institution”
  • Stamps, D., Delos Reyes, P. (2019). “Dads in Ads: An Exploratory Investigation of Audiences' Perception of Counter and Stereotypical Male Gender Roles in Advertisements”
  • Stamps, D., Do, K., Mastro, D. (2019). “Late Breaking Story! News Exposure A Possible Threat to Black Audiences’ Perceptions of Self and Group”
  • Stamps, D., Whitestone, S. (2019). “Representation and Effects of Portrayals of Transgender Artists in Mainstream Television”
  • Stamps, D. (2019). “Reclaiming our lives and livelihood: Applying the community cultural wealth framework with, among, and for Black communities regarding their media engagement”
  • Stamps, D. (2019). “Race and Media: A critical essay acknowledging the current state of race-related media effects research and directions for future exploration”
  • Stamps, D. (2019). “Fruitvale Station: A Humanistic and Vulnerable Glimpse into Black Masculinities”
  • Stamps, D. (2018). “B(l)ack By Popular Demand: Acknowledging the Spectrum of Black Masculinities in Popular Culture”
  • Stamps, D., Mastro, D. (2018). “Hands Up: The Emotional Impact of News Coverage Intersecting Depictions of Race and Social Unrest”
  • Stamps, D. (2018). “Is it Really Representation? Asian and Latino Characterizations in Minority Centered Broadcast Television”
  • Stamps, D. (2018). “The Black Male Professor: Exploring Identity, Communication Practices, and Power Dynamics Between Black Male Faculty and Non-Black Students”
  • Stamps, D. (2018). “College Males and Social Support: Examining social support and self-disclosure within male social networks”
  • Figueroa-Caballero, A., Stamps, D., Mastro, D. (2017). “An Examination of the Effects of Mediated Intragroup and Intergroup Interactions”
  • Stamps, D. (2017). “An Intersectional Perspective on Race and Class Representation within the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”
  • Dixon, T., Josey, C., Smith, M., Stamps, D., Linz, D. (2017). “Internet News Consumption and Media Stereotyping: Implications for the Socially Mediated Stereotyping Model”
  • Stamps, D. (2016). “#WeMatterProject: An Exploration of the Black Lives Matter Movement, its successes and the impact of social media with regards to Black identity”
  • Stamps, D. (2015). “The social construction of the African American family on broadcast television: A comparative content analysis of The Cosby Show and Blackish”
  • Stamps, D. (2015). “The St. Louis American: Digital content analysis of Ferguson coverage”
  • Service

    University Service

  • Valente Center 2021 - Present
  • Guest Speaker for Multicultural Center - 2021
  • Professional Service

  • Committee Chair for National Communication Association 2021 - Present
  • Media and Diversity Center, University of Missouri 2021 - Present