Race, Class & Culture
Moody-Ramirez's recent research focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers' differing views on the "independent woman," and coverage of missing women. Her articles have been published in numerous national and international publications, such as the American Communication Journal, Public Relations Review and AEJMC Journal of Magazine & New Media Research.
Popular culture is an important source of ideas that can shape people’s perceptions of themselves and other people. To remain relevant, it is necessary for scholars to test theories in different circumstances. Furthermore, to take advantage of shifts in media, media scholars must teach students how to read and critically dissect newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet, and other new media. In the process, they may become engaged democratic citizens.
Moody-Ramirez's research interests are relevant to the vital issues of the day concerning the evolution of journalism and its contributions to a democratic society. The Internet makes information more easily accessible to a great number of people and gathers information from a wider array of sources than any instrument of information and communication in history. Consequently, media dynamics have changed considerably.