Karen Freberg, Ph.D.

Karen FrebergKaren Freberg is an assistant professor in Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville and also is an Adjunct Faculty member for West Virginia University in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Graduate Online program. In addition to this teaching experience, Freberg has presented at several U.S. and international research conferences, including ones in the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Turkey and China.

Freberg’s research has been published in several book chapters and in academic journals such as Public Relations Review, Teaching Public Relations, Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management, Journal of Strategic Security, Media Psychology Review, and Health Communication. She also serves on the editorial board for Psychology for Popular Media Culture and Case Studies in Strategic Communication (CSSC). Freberg also worked for Total Media in Cape Town, South Africa during the summer of 2007 with clients in the fashion and consumer industry.

Before joining the University of Louisville, Freberg earned a PhD in Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee in May 2011, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in August 2007. Freberg received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations at the University of Florida in August 2005.

Freberg was also a four-time All-American in the shot put, USC School record holder, two-time SEC Champion in the shot put (2003), and 2004 Olympic Trials Finalist.  Contact Karen

Read Dr. Freberg’s Contributions to Firestorm

Read Karen’s Co-Authored Paper for Firestorm: Situational Q-sort – Quantifying Subjective Impressions