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Kathy Roberts Forde - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Kathy Roberts Forde Kathy Roberts Forde

Associate Professor of Journalism | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Kathy Roberts Forde is a journalism historian with interests in the First Amendment, African American freedom struggle and women's suffrage.

Areas of Expertise (6)

African American Freedom Struggle and the Press

The First Amendment

Journalism History


Literary Journalism

Media and Civil Rights History


A prolific and award-winning author, Kathy Roberts Forde is a journalism historian who studies and writes about in the First Amendment, democracy and public sphere, the African American freedom struggle, literary journalism, and the history of the book and print culture.


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Education (3)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Ph.D., Mass Communication/Media Studies

Middlebury College: M.A., English Language and Literature/Letters

Sewanee University: The University of the South: B.A.

Press Coverage (1)

NY Times writer Kantor speaks about covering the Weinstein case

Daily Hampshire Gazette  


Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, interviewed author Jodi Kantor at the Springfield Public Forum event.

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Publications (5)

Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage (BOOK)

University of Illinois Press

Afterward by Kathy Roberts Forde

This collection offers new research on media issues related to the women's suffrage movement. Contributors incorporate media theory, historiography, and innovative approaches to social movements while discussing the vexed relationship between the media and debates over suffrage.

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An editor and his newspaper helped build white supremacy in Georgia

The Conversation

Kathy Roberts Forde


Kathy Roberts Forde writes: "The press is an essential guardrail of democracy. As The Washington Post tells its readers, 'Democracy Dies in Darkness'. But the press has not always been a champion of democracy."

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Political Pioneer of the Press: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Her Transnational Crusade for Social Justice (Women in American Political History) (BOOK)

Lexington Book

Kathy Roberts Forde, contributor


Known most prominently as a daring anti-lynching crusader, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) worked tirelessly throughout her life as a political advocate for the rights of women, minorities, and members of the working class.

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How slave labor built the state of Florida — decades after the Civil War

The Washington Post

Bryan Bowman and Kathy Roberts Forde


The state of Florida was built on slave labor — long after the Civil War. From 1885 to 1913, Standard Oil founder Henry Flagler built an empire in Florida of railroads, hotels, steamship lines, resorts, even cities, from Jacksonville to Key West. He raised Palm Beach and Miami from the sand.

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Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment (BOOK)

University of Massachusetts Press

Kathy Roberts Forde


In November 1984, Jeffrey Masson filed a libel suit against writer Janet Malcolm and the New Yorker, claiming that Malcolm had intentionally misquoted him in a profile she wrote for the magazine about his former career as a Freud scholar and administrator of the Freud archives.

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