Meet the JASAT Editor


Sharon Bracken, editor of the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas , is going on her tenth year of service for the American Studies Association of Texas. She has served as the managing editor for JASAT since 2006.

Bracken is a  senior lecturer at Baylor University in the Department of Journalism, PR & New Media, which houses the university’s American Studies Program. Bracken is the department’s undergraduate program director and director of curriculum development. She teaches courses in:

  • Public Relations
  • Editing
  • Writing for Media Markets

Bracken is the previous managing editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the leading scholarly journal in the field of entrepreneurship, published by Baylor University, 1994-2006. She also served as editor of two national trade publications in healthcare for Stevens Publishing (1991-1994) and a public relations consultant and freelance writer for Ernst & Young and AT&T.

She has written numerous articles for national health care publications and continues to work in the health care field. Locally, she publishes Waco Health & Wellness magazine through her publishing company, CBM Publishing.

Bracken’s accomplishments include working at Raytheon Technical Services Company on a multi-billion dollar government proposal and completing the book Historic McLennan County: An Illustrated History

Bracken is interested in animal rights issues and has assisted in writing grant applications and coordinating efforts among groups to better serve the community. She enjoys reading and writing.


The founder of Critical Studies Blog, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

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