Experts in the Field of Media Criticism


Kelli S. Boling, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. After 12 years as a marketing and advertising executive in North and South Carolina, Boling received her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in Mass Communication.

Her research focuses on the audience reception of media, specifically media depiction and reception by traditionally marginalized audiences based on race and gender. She has had studies published in the  Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Feminist Media Studies, and Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. Her research on women in podcast audiences has also been cited by traditional media outlets such as TIME magazine. 

Boling earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Winthrop University and a Master’s in integrated marketing communication from the University of South Carolina. While working on her Ph.D. she also earned a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Updated 9/14/23