Dr. Kathryn Montalbano

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Monday 12:15pm-1:45pm; Wednesday 1pm-1:45pm; Friday 12:15pm-2:30pm

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Ph.D., Communications, Columbia University (2016)
M.Phil., Communications, Columbia Univeristy (2014)
M.A., Communications, Columbia University (2011)
B.A., English, Sociology (minor), Haverford College (2009)

Curriculum Vitae




Currently Teaching (Spring 2022)

COM 1300 Journalism Matters
COM 3305 Communication Law

Courses Taught

COM 1300 Journalism Matters
COM 3305 Communication Law

Research & Teaching Interests

History of Communications
Communication Law
Religion & Media
Surveillance Studies



Montalbano, K. (2018). Government surveillance of religious expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Perreault, G., & Montalbano, K. (2022). Covering Religion: Field insurgency in U.S. religion reporting. Journalism. DOI: 10.1177/14648849211073220

Montalbano, K. (2021). “Yakety yak: Don’t talk back”: An autopsy of anonymity gone awry. Internet Histories. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2021.2020470

Montalbano, K. (2021). Preventing yellow jack and yellow journalism: The tensions in Mississippi Valley news coverage of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Journalism History. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00947679.2021.1988273

Montalbano, K. (2019). The FBI and the AFSC: Surveilling United States religious expression in the Cold War era. In Rob Heynen and Emily van der Meulen (Eds.), Making surveillance states: Transnational histories (pp. 238-260). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Montalbano, K. (2019). Islamophobia in reactionary news: Radicalizing Christianity in the United States. Open Library of Humanities, 5(1): 61, pp. 1-49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/olh.473

Montalbano, K. (2018). Net neutrality, the Fairness Doctrine, and the NRB: The tension between United States religious expression and media regulation. Media and Communication, 6(1), 5-12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i1.1198

Montalbano, K. (2015). Misunderstanding the Mongols: Intercultural communication in three thirteenth-century Franciscan travel accounts. Information & Culture: A Journal of History, 50(4), 588-610. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7560/IC50406

Book Review

Montalbano, K. (June 2021). [Review of The Routledge handbook of religion and journalism, edited by K. Radde-Antweiler and X. Zeiler]. Journal of the American Academy of Religion. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfab034

Recent Awards

2nd place Faculty Paper (Religion and Media Interest Group) with Perreault, G., “From Lifestyle Journalism to General News: Field Theory in the Hard News Turn of Religion Reporting,” AEJMC 2021.

Title: Assistant Professor, Journalism
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8878

Office address
Walker Hall 240