Kelli Boling

Kelli Boling, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Advertising & Public Relations

337 Andersen Hall

Kelli S. Boling, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. After 12 years as a marketing and advertising executive in North and South Carolina, Boling received her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in Mass Communication.  

Her research focuses on the audience reception of media, specifically media depiction and reception by traditionally marginalized audiences based on race and gender. She has had studies published in the Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Feminist Media Studies, and Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. Her research on women in podcast audiences has also been cited by traditional media outlets such as TIME magazine.  

Boling earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Winthrop University and a Master’s in integrated marketing communication from the University of South Carolina. While working on her Ph.D. she also earned a certificate in Women and Gender Studies.  

In addition to her love of research and teaching, she can often be found with her dogs, reading something completely untethered to reality, playing her ukulele, learning a foreign language, or repainting whatever room in the house she’s tired of. She’s also an avid Disney fan, and hosts a weekly Disney podcast and YouTube channel with her husband (who loves Disney even more than she does)! 

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