Leah P. Hunter, Ph.D.

Leah Patrice Hunter

Division Of Journalism


Office Hours

SJGC Bldg. Room #3030

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Current Semester Schedule

MMC2000E Intro to Mass Media Online
MMC4481 Communication Law & Ethics • Tues. Thurs. 11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m
MMC4481 Communication Law & Ethics • Tues. Thurs. 3:30 p.m - 4:45 p.m

About Me

Dr. Leah P. Hunter is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University. She teaches Introduction to Mass Media, Language Skills for Media Professionals, Communication Law and Communication Law & Ethics. Before entering academia, Dr. Hunter lived in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked as a development executive in the television and film industries.

Areas of Interest

  • Political Economy of Media
  • Critical Media Studies
  • TV & Film
  • Assessment


  • Florida State University
    Ph.D. in Mass Communication Studies
  • Boston University
    M.S. in Broadcasting & Film
  • Oberlin College
    B.A. in Black Studies w/ a minor in Psychology

Work History

  • Associate Professor • 2023 - Present
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Assistant Professor • 2018 - 2023
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Academic Advisor 2016-2017
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Visiting Assistant Professor • 2014 - 2017
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Teaching Assistant • 2010 - 2014
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Academic Accomplishments



Hunter, L. (2023). Racialization without integration: The fight for NBC diversity in the 1940s and 1950s. Racializing Media Policy. Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 47-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80455-736-520231003.

Hunter, L. (2022, October). “Can an “objective” 24-hour cable news station work in the current political environment?” in Grant, A., Hunter, L., McClung, S., Miller, S., and Wilkinson, J. panel, “Reconceptualizing Objectivity”. Presented at Broadcast Educators Association on Location in Ft. Collins, CO.

Jackson, A.J. and Hunter, L.P. (Spring 2022). I am my sister: Exploring membership in sister circles created via social media. Black Sisterhoods. Demeter Press.

Gardner, L., Hunter, L.P., Johnson, S. (Fall 2021). Leading a Culture of Assessment in Nursing.
Association of Black Nursing Faculty Journal, issue 32.3.

Wiltsher, C., Kincey, S., Hunter L., Davis, C., Shakir, A. (Fall 2021). Coming Full Circle, Former Student to Faculty: Motivating Student Achievement at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. About Campus.

Hunter, L.P. (2019). I Will Die 4 U: The Continuing Struggle of Prince's Legacy. Howard University Journal of Communication, vol 30, No. 2.

2017. Book review of Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States by Dr. Su’ad A. Khabeer in The Popular Culture Studies Journal, vol. 5, No. 1&2.

Hunter, L.P. & Proffitt, J.M. (2016). The political economy of Tyler Perry: Replicating industry ideals and exploiting the commodity audience. In B.C. Johnson (Ed.), The Problematic Tyler Perry, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Hunter, L.P. & Proffitt, J.M. (2016) Courting minority commodity audiences: Bounce TV in the age of media conglomeration. In J. Smith & B.K. Thakore (Eds.) Race and Contention in 21st Century U.S. Media, New York: Routledge.

Hunter, L.P. (2015). Book review of The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts by A.D. Moulton. Journal of Race and Policy, p. 51. Norfolk: Old Dominion University

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • MMC2000E Intro to Mass Media
  • MMC4481 Communication Law & Ethics
  • MMC4481 Communication Law & Ethics