Before returning to the academic world for her doctorate, Dr. Luther worked both in the United States and in Japan as a producer of television news. She is now the director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and also teaches in the areas of international journalism, audience analytics, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods.
Dr. Luther received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. She has published in such journals as the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Journalism History. She has had three books published. One entitled Press Images, National Identity, and Foreign Policy was published by Routledge in 2002. The others are two editions of her co-authored book, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media (2012; 2017) published by Wiley-Blackwell. A third edition of that book will be published in 2023.
Dr. Luther has received several awards including the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor's Award to attend HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellow Award, SECAC Academic Leadership Development Award, University of Tennessee Notable Woman Award recognizing excellence in administration, research and teaching, the American Press Institute, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Fellowship Award, the Radio Television News Directors Foundation/Knight Foundation's Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship Award, the International Radio and Television Society Faculty/Industry Award, the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Bud Minkel International/Intercultural Award, and the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Dr. Luther has been selected as a Fulbright-Masaryk Distinguished Scholar and will be teaching and conducting research at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in spring of 2023. This is the second Fulbright award for Dr. Luther. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Japan.
- Digital Media and Disinformation/Misinformation
- Global communication
- Press-state relations
- Intergroup conflict
- Terrorism and the media
- Issues involving media and social group representations