Rachel Davis Mersey is Associate Dean for Research and also holds an appointment in the School of Journalism and Media. With more than a decade of experience in higher education and academic administration, she brings a passion for connecting scholarship and professional practice into grant-supported research and projects. She joins Moody College after serving at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications since 2008, most recently as associate dean for research and professor.
Mersey also held courtesy appointments in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences political science department and the School of Education and Social Policy learning science department. As a fellow at the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research, Mersey supported research and creative-professional enterprises.
She previously served as executive director for the Media Leadership Center and was a faculty fellow in the year-long Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Program, designed to develop managerial skills of faculty and gain academic administration exposure.
Mersey earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007.