Lamar Visiting Scholars
Charlie and Carole Lamar, founders and sponsors of the Lamar Visiting Scholars program.
The Lamar Visiting Scholars program promotes media and public affairs research and creative activity that benefits the Manship School, LSU community, alumni, and broader mass communication community. The Lamar Scholar’s year-long tenure at LSU can include working with the Reilly Center to produce public events, conducting research, and developing creative works designed for public consumption, such as blog posts or white papers, related to their research.
The Reilly Center hosts two types of Lamar Visiting Scholars on a rotating basis. Recent Ph.D. graduates, or post-doc professionals, who focus their research on timely matters in disciplines such as Mass Communication, Political Science, Computer Science, or a related field. Nationally-prominent professionals with distinguished careers in journalism, advertising, public relations, or political communication are eligible to participate as Professional Lamar Visiting Scholars.
Charlie and Carole Lamar, long-time supporters of the Manship School, established the program.
Ke Jiang is the Reilly Center's second Lamar Family Post-Doctoral Researcher. Currently, she works in conjunction with the Social Media Analysis and Creation (SMAC) Laboratory at the Manship School of Mass Communication. She earned her doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2017. Her research focuses on international communication, social and semantic network analysis, social media analysis, data mining, and data visualization. Her previous studies have been published in a wide range of journals, including International Journal of Communication, Government Information Quarterly, Social Networks and Mining, Scientometrics, Quality & Quantity, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, and Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia.
Meet Our Past Scholars
Paige Brown Jarreau
The first post-doctoral candidate to hold the position of Lamar Visiting Scholar, Paige Brown Jarreau, earned her doctorate from the Manship School in 2015. While pursuing a Ph.D., she focused her research on effective science communication. More specifically, she studied the characteristics of science blog consumers and the types of content they read to ascertain how writers can better communicate science topics. Her dissertation, All the Science that's Fit to Blog, is available online through LSU Digital Commons.
The inaugural Lamar Visiting Scholar, Steve Buttry, held the position for the 2014-2015 academic year. During his tenure, he taught classes, created a plan to utilize grant funds to develop methods of news communication using social media, helped develop the Manship School's groundbreaking Social Media Lab, and coached LSU Student Media on ways to become more digitally oriented. A successful journalist whose career took him around the country and globe, Buttry became the director of student media at LSU following his time as a Lamar Scholar. He recently passed away, but served as the director long enough to leave his mark on the hearts and minds of the Manship School family.