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Shelley Kimball, PhD, is a program coordinator in the MA in Communication program. Her areas of research expertise are large-scale qualitative methods and media law.

Her body of legal research focuses on government transparency and access to government information. She uses mixed research methods to evaluate the real-life applications of media law statutes and policies. She has also explored the history of press access to the United States Supreme Court. Her research has appeared in Communication Law and Policy, Government Information Quarterly, the Journal of Media Law and Ethics, and the Newspaper Research Journal.

Previous to Johns Hopkins University, she was the vice president of research and program evaluation for the Military Family Advisory Network. Dr. Kimball was responsible for the organization’s research portfolio, which included national surveys, specialized data reports and analysis, and topic-specific research. She presented MFAN’s research at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon, where it was used to shape policy and decision-making affecting military families. Her research has been reported on by The Washington Post, CNN, CBS, C-SPAN, Reuters, and the Associated Press, among others.

She has taught at George Washington University, the University of Florida, American University, and the University of South Alabama. She earned her PhD in mass communication from the University of Florida.

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