Jared Macary Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications

Jared Macary

Reid 202

Professor Macary has more than 12 years of professional, multi-national communication and media experience in the areas of gender equity, public health, economic reform, and democracy and governance. Macary has worked directly for four federal agencies: The National Cancer Institute, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Peace Corps as a Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteer, living and working in Togo, West Africa. Macary has consulted with international development organizations in Togo, Chad, and Mongolia, including Chemonics International, Academy for Educational Development (now FHI 360), and Population Services International. As a strategic communicator, Macary developed strategy and tactics to support campaigns promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and testing among youth, federal tobacco regulation among point-of-sale retailers, and programming to reduce morbidity and mortality from cancer. In September 2022, Macary earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Oregon, where he completed his dissertation on the visual communication of wildfire recovery in news photographs. He started at W&L in July 2022.


Ph.D., Communication and Media Studies, University of Oregon, 2022

M.A., Public Communication, American University, 2010

B.F.A., Visual Media Arts, Emerson College, 2001


Visual communication, environmental communication, strategic communication, journalism, climate change, wildfire.


JOUR 227: Public Relations Writing

JOUR 180A: Media, Culture & Society

Selected Publications

Macary, J.T. & Gillig, T.K. (2022). Protected area politics in the American West: Framing Bears Ears National Monument in local news. Journalism Practice, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2022.2075784

Gillig, T.K., Macary, J., & Gross, L.P. (2022): Explain, label, or ignore? Exploring LGBTQ-parent families’ communication about family identity, Communication Studies, 73(3), 314-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2022.2064532

Macary, J.T. & Adae, E. K. (2021). Strategically communicating climate crisis: How ecovillages and cohousing pursue structural change in the built environment. Journal of Alternative & Community Media, 6(2), 143-160. https://doi.org/10.1386/joacm_00089_1

Shafer, A., & Macary, J. (2020). Formative research on promoting car-free youth transportation. Journal of Public Interest Communications, (4)1, 37-60. https://doi.org/10.32473/jpic.v4.i1.p37