Mary Beth Ray

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies


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

Contact Information:

Art & Technologies Cluster
Office: Hyde Hall, 129D
Phone: (603) 535-2856

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, feminist media studies, creative industries, co-production, qualitative research methods, and popular music culture.

Dr. Ray’s book Digital Connectivity and Music Culture – Artists & Accomplices (2017) from Palgrave MacMillan 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.

Dr. Ray’s current research examines the contemporary intersection of gender, music, and technology by exploring gender representation in contemporary popular music culture surrounding #MeToo.

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 Secretary, President’s Commission on the Status of Women

Courses Taught:

CM4655 Communication Research Methods
CM3945 Social Media: Tech & Culture
CM2991 Social Media Audience Engagement
CM3640 Communication Theory
CM2915 Human Communication & Conflict
IS3470 Women in Contemporary American Culture