Erin L. Berry-McCrea



Contact Information

Stephens Annex, 133
Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m.


M.A., Bowie State University, 2010
ABD, UMBC 2016

Areas of Expertise

African American Rhetoric
Standpoint Theory
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Digital Media


Professor Erin L. Berry-McCrea specializes in Language, Communication, Intercultural Communication, African American Rhetoric, Womanist Standpoint, Hip-Hop Lyricism, Interdisciplinary Mixed-Methods Research Design, Digital Media, Ethics and Popular Culture.

She is a 2017 recipient of the Dresher Center for the Humanities Graduate Residential Fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is also a 2017-2018 Towson University Diversity Faculty Fellowship recipient for her research on Black female undergraduate millennials.

She teaches Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and the newly created African American Rhetoric course in the Communication Studies unit. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC) program at UMBC. She holds an M.A. in Organization Communications from Bowie State University and a B.S. in Mass Communication with a dual concentration in Broadcasting and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Her dissertation focuses on the role that digital identity negotiation practices play in the lives of black female millennials at colleges and universities. She has presented original research at several peer-reviewed conferences across the world.


Berry, Erin L. (forthcoming, 2017). "African American Family Language Practices in the Digitized World" In T. A. Flowers & L. A. Flowers (Eds.) Engaging African American Families in Literacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Daniels, A., & Erin L. Berry (2016). "For Harriet, For Me: An Analysis of Black Feminist Safe Spaces in Digital Media." PHILLIS: The Journal of Research of African American Women."

Undergraduate Courses

COMM 215: Interpersonal Communication

COMM 300: Research Methods

COMM 377: Intercultural Communication

COMM 470: Special Topics in African American Rhetoric