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Gender Studies Faculty

Traci Griffith, JD

Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts Department Chair, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts

J.D. Notre Dame Law School
M.A. Florida A&M University
B.A. Political Science DePaul University

I began my teaching career as a visiting professor in September 2001 and joined the tenure track faculty one year later. I came to St. Michael’s College from Chicago where I was a correspondent with The Associated Press. I worked as a national editor for The Associated Press broadcast division in Washington D.C.

Utilizing my law degree and my years as a professional journalist, my teaching focuses on Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age and Writing for the Media. I have created a special topics course on Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality in Media and developed a course in Cyber Law.

I currently serve as a board member for The Vermont ACLU, Vermont Public Radio, and The Vermont Press Association. I work with numerous local organizations and serve the community through her work focusing on the issues of homelessness, poverty and AIDS.

Traci Griffith, Saint Michael's College Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts, and a resident of Williston, was elected to be vice-president of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and was appointed by Governor Shumlin to serve on the Vermont Humanities Council. Professor Griffith also serves on the board of Vermont Public Radio.

Professor Griffith will be speaking about media representations of Martin Luther King Jr. and the issue of race, at the city of Burlington speak out on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16th.

A Favorite Quote:

"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -- Michael Jordan

Traci Griffith, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, appeared on National Public Radio's syndicated news talk show "Here and Now" on March 25. Traci spoke about the January purchase of Al Gore's Current TV by the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera to form the new Al Jazeera America. Traci told an interviewer she watches the network for another perspective, and does not perceive an anti-American bias. She added that not all her students agreed, though a few who have had farther-reaching international life experiences indicated they would feel comfortable working there.


Traci Griffith, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, was elected this fall to be vice-president of the Vermont ACLU. She also was appointed by the governor to the Vermont Humanities Council. Traci spoke about media representations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the issue of race at the city of Burlington during a Speak Out event on the King Holiday, Monday January 16, 2012.

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