Professor/Aspiring Hallmark Christmas Movie Consultant, Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge
Josh Grimm is the associate dean of research and strategic initiatives at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. Josh teaches a range of journalism and mass communication courses, ranging from in-depth reporting to race and gender in communication, and during his teaching career, there have been several students who have not fallen asleep in his classes.
The main focus of his research is how diversity is portrayed in the media, with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality. He is publishing an edited volume on race and public policy, which will be released in Spring 2019. However, most recently, his focus has been on how gay men talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), with an emphasis on perceptions of susceptibility and barriers. He is partnering with Baton Rouge clinics to study how to improve those health messaging strategies.
Josh grew up in a small Ohio town with three sisters and a brother, and lived in Texas for awhile, and so he has a mild obsession with college football. He loves movies, running, hiking, steak, reading, his cats, his pit bull (named Ferdinand), and, of course, his fantastic wife and son. Josh cannot stand intolerance, moral hypocrites, Greek yogurt, and when people say, “Daylight SavingS Time” (you sound ridiculous).
Josh also loves science fiction films, particularly monster movies from the 1950s and 1960s, and is a huge horror movie fan as well. Every year, Josh sits down with his amazing wife, Claire, to watch as many horror movies as possible during the months “Shocktember” and “Rocktober.” They have a young son now, and so most viewings have shifted to the late evening, but the dedication to the genre has not wavered. Josh has written a book on the modern horror classic, It Follows (it’s out in August), and is writing another book on the science fiction film, Ex Machina.
As for this presentation, there is one more fact about Josh you should know: He unapologetically appreciates and loves Hallmark Christmas movies.
After his talk, so will you.