Dara Persis Murray

Dara Persis Murray

Assistant Professor, Communication and Media

Berman Center 100D
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

About Me

Dr. Dara Persis Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media. She received her Ph.D. in 2015 from Rutgers. Before graduate school, she worked in account management at advertising industry firms such as BBDO New York and Gotham, Inc. At Manhattanville, she teaches classes that address communication theory; advertising, public relations, and culture; gender and media; and public speaking. She is also looking forward to developing courses that focus on meanings of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in past and present media culture.

Dr. Murray’s research interests speak to key topics in consumer culture, digital culture, visual culture, popular culture, celebrity culture, reality television, beauty/the body, and popular feminism. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Feminist Media Studies, and Celebrity Studies. Additionally, she has published chapters in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender and Cyberfeminism 2.0, and contributed pieces to the online academic collaborative In Media Res. Dr. Murray frequently presents her research at international and national conferences, including the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism.

Ph.D., Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Master of Arts, New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication
Bachelor of Arts, Bryn Mawr College, History of Art
Feature Publications


"'This is what was birthed:' Motherhood and Postfeminist Self-Branding in Tyra Banks' Brand."

Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(3)


“Branding ‘Real’ Social Change in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty.”

Feminist Media Studies, 13(1).


“Kate Moss, Icon of Postfeminist Disorder.”

Celebrity Studies, 4(1).