Mary Beth Ray

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

BS, Drexel University; MA, Syracuse University; PhD, Temple University


Phone: (603) 535-2856

Office: Hyde Hall, 129D

About Professor Ray

Mary Beth Ray received her Ph.D. from Temple University’s Media and Communication program in 2012 and her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication in 2006.  Her research interests include emerging technology, creative industries, co-production, qualitative research methods, and popular music culture.

Dr. Ray’s book Digital Connectivity and Music Culture – Artists & Accomplices is forthcoming in 2017 from Palgrave MacMillan. Her book explores how the rise of widely available digital technology impacts the way music is produced, distributed, promoted, and consumed, with a specific focus on the changing relationship between artists and audiences.

She is currently the Internet Culture area co-chair for PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) and the Music Culture area co-chair for MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association).

PSU Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta

PSU Co-Chair, Women’s Studies Council

PSU Co-Chair, WPCR 91.7fm

Courses Taught:

CM4650 Communication Research Methods

CM3940 Social Media: Tech & Culture

CM2991 Social Media Audience Engagement

CM3640 Communication Theory

CM2910 Human Communication & Conflict