Ph.D. University of Oregon, Communication & Society, 2008
Communication Ph.D. Program and Mass Communication M.A. Program Faculty
Dr. Freeman is a critical/cultural studies researcher who has published in over 20 scholarly books and journals on media ethics, strategic communication for social justice movements, and the media’s construction of nonhuman animal and environmental issues, in particular, animal agribusiness and veganism. Her first book “Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights” (Brill, 2014) is a 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in the Social and Political Change category. In 2015, she served as the third editor of the foundational anthology “Critical Animal & Media Studies: Communication for Nonhuman Animal Advocacy” (Routledge). Her latest book is “The Human Animal Earthling Identity: Shared Values Unifying Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Environmental Movements” (UGA Press, 2020), which earned several environmental book awards, including “Book Most Likely to Save the Planet” by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Open access to final drafts of most of her published articles is available here: works.bepress.com/carrie_freeman
Since 2014 she co-authors a unique media style guide that aids journalists, advertisers, PR practitioners, television producers, and filmmakers in the production of more respectful and responsible representations of nonhuman animals. animalsandmedia.org
In addition to a previous career in public relations and human resources, she’s been active in the animal rights and vegan movements for almost three decades and has served as a volunteer director for local grassroots groups in Florida, Georgia, and Oregon; she is currently the faculty advisor for the student group at Georgia State, PEACE Club (People for the End of Animal Cruelty & Exploitation). She enjoys greening the campus, such as heading up the judging for the sustainability awards at the GSU Undergraduate Research Conference. She also serves as a co-host on a weekly radio program on animal rights (Second Opinion Radio) and as a bi-weekly producer of an environmental program (In Tune to Nature), on Radio Free Georgia 89.3FM-Atlanta (independent non-commercial radio). Her “In Tune to Nature” podcasts stream online and at cpfreeman.podbean.com
At the undergraduate level Freeman teaches Media Ethics & Society and Communicating Environmental Issues. At the graduate level she teaches seminars on Communication Ethics, Strategic Communication for Social Change, Issues & Perspectives in Comm, and Communicating Environmental Issues.