Karrie A. Bowen received both her B.A. in Speech and Communication Studies and her M.A. in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Bowen’s research spans the gamut with regard to public relations and politics, with a particular focus in the examination of both grassroots social movements and feminist communication. In addition to her work in academia, she worked as a lobbyist and activist at the National Organization for Women in Washington D.C., and has nearly twenty years of professional experience in public relations, print journalism, and radio news.
Currently, she is the advisor of The Lion’s Eye, Penn State Brandywine’s campus newspaper, where she oversees a staff of more than 20 students from a variety of majors and coaches them with regard to all forms of journalistic writing, reporting and design. Her teaching philosophies encompass both traditional theoretic teaching coupled with incorporating a hands-on approach both in and out of the classroom. She believes that the classroom environment is very much like a business and structures her classes and her teachings on the tenants of leadership, teamwork, and relationship building. Outside of the classroom, her scholarship and professional development is centered on politics and campaign building, photography and journalism. Her current research is focusing on the campaign building and rhetorical style of Barack Obama.