Dr. Kathryn Montalbano

Contact and Overview

Email Address


Office Hours

Monday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
Friday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Curriculum Vitae




Currently Teaching (Spring 2023)

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

  • Montalbano, K. (2023). Reimagining Section 230 and content moderation: Regulating incivility on anonymous digital platforms. Communication Law and Policy. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10811680.2022.2136442
  • Montalbano, K., & Perreault, G. (forthcoming). Resisting Protestant hegemony: Privileging coverage in religion reporting. Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture.
  • Perreault, G., & Montalbano, K. (2022). Covering religion: Field insurgency in U.S. religion reporting. Journalism. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/14648849211073220
  • Montalbano, K. (2021). “Yakety yak: Don't talk back”: An autopsy of anonymity gone awry. Internet Histories, 6(1-2), 191-205. DOI: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/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, 47(4), 372-391. DOI: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00947679.2021.1988273
  • Montalbano, K. (2019). The FBI and the AFSC: Surveilling United States religious expression in the Cold War era. In R. Heynen and E. 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, 1-49. DOI: https://olh.openlibhums.org/article/id/4598/
  • 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 Reviews

  • 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


  • 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, Digital Journalism
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8878

Office address
Walker Hall 240