Charlene Simmons, Ph.D.

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Dr. Charlene Simmons is a UC Foundation Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Simmons regularly teaches courses in media history, media law, and design (print and web). Dr. Simmons’s research interests include media history, new technology, media ownership, and media law.

Dr. Simmons received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Tech.

Before getting her doctorate, Dr. Simmons served as a Senior Research Associate at the now-defunct Center for Media Education, a non-profit that studied children and new media. While at CME, Dr. Simmons worked on a number of projects related to children’s online privacy, children’s television, teens and the Web, and alcohol and tobacco marketing online.