Kevin Stoker

Associate Professor

Senior Associate Dean

About Me

  • Married to Tammie for 28 years with four children—Adam (26), Seth (26), Leah (21), and Jacob (13).

Research Specialties

  • Exploration of philosophical conflicts and contradictions in journalism history and public relations ethics and theory.

Main Methodological Approaches

  • Historical and Critical Analysis


  • Ph.D. University of Alabama, Communication and Information Sciences, Media Effects
  • M.A. University of Alabama, Journalism
  • B.A. Brigham Young University, Communications/Journalism

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

  • Philosophy of Communication
  • Literary Journalism
  • Media Ethics

Publications in Last Five Years

  • Stoker, K. (2009). From prohibitionist to New Deal liberal: The political evolution of Colonel Harry Mell Ayers of The Anniston Star. The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History. Accepted Feb. 9, 2009.

  • Stoker, K. & Arrington, J. (In Press). Weekly Sabbath School: The farm press as a pulpit for “Uncle Henry Wallace’s Progressive moral reform and instruction. Journal of Media and Religion. Accepted Feb. 19, 2009.

  • Stoker, K. (2009). The journalist and the jurist: Political adversaries enlisted in “a long campaign on behalf of civil liberties. Journalism History 34 (4), 216-229. Accepted December 2007.

  • Stoker K. & Tusinski, K. (2006). Reconsidering Public Relations’ Infatuation with Dialogue: Why Engagement and Reconciliation Can be More Ethical Than Symmetry and Reciprocity. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 21 (2&3), 156-176.

  • Stoker, K. (2005). Loyalty in public relations: When does it cross the line between virtue and vice. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 20 (4), 269-287.

  • Stoker, K. & Rawlins, B. (2005). The “Light” of publicity in the progressive era: From searchlight to flashlight. Journalism History 30 (4), 177-188.

  • Stoker K. & Rawlins, B. (2005). Paradox and progress in public relations: Confronting the negatives produces fresh perspectives. Business Research Yearbook: Global Business Perspectives 12 (2), 717-721 (Eds. Adams, M.G. & Alkhafaji, A.) Beltsville, MD: International Association of Business Disciplines.