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Dr. Julie Lane

Associate Professor Julia Lane


  • COMM 355: Media Evolution and Social Change
  • COMM 411: The Information Society
  • COMM 412: History of Persuasion
  • COMM 498: Communication Seminar

Research Interests/Activities

Dr. Julie Lane is a mass communication historian and teaches about media and society. She investigates the construction of narratives by and about journalists and news institutions, emphasizing the efforts of conservative media to cultivate the idea of liberal media bias. Her work has been published in Journalism HistoryAmerican JournalismThe Blue Review, and Communication & Sport.

Dr. Lane earned her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. in journalism and history from Indiana University Bloomington. She formerly worked as an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, as an associate for a Washington-D.C. public affairs firm, and as a communications manager for a large law firm.


  • Lane, Julie B. “Getting the Story Right: Reader Critiques of ‘The Last Days of Joe McCarthy’.” American Journalism 38, no. 4 (2021), 471-492. DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2021.1985410
  • Lane, Julie B. “Cultivating Distrust of the Mainstream Media: Propagandists for a Liberal Machine and the American Establishment.” In News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures, edited by Anthony Nadler and A.J. Bauer, 157-173. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Lane, Julie B. “‘Women are a problem’: Title IX Narratives in the New York Times and the Washington Post, 1974-1975.” Communication & Sport 6 (February 2018), 25-40; prepublished December 28, 2016, DOI:  10.1177/2167479516685578
  • Lane, Julie. “Fulfilling his duty: Senator Frank Church’s use of media to oppose the Vietnam War.” The Blue Review, Feb. 20, 2017.
  • Lane, Julie B. “Positioning for battle: The ideological struggle over Senator Joseph McCarthy and the American Establishment.” American Journalism 33 (Winter 2016), 61-85.
  • Lane, Julie B. “From cab rides to Cold War: Richard Rovere, The New Yorker, and postwar Washington.” Journalism History 36 (Spring 2010), 2-12.
  • Lane, Julie B. “Murrow, Edward R., and the McCarthy Era,” in Encyclopedia of American Journalism, ed. Stephen Vaughn, (New York: Routledge, 2008), 314-316.

Contact Information

Office: COMB 105
Phone: (208) 426-1906
Office Hours: By appointment/COMB 105 or Zoom