Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Mass Communication

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 93

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5092 phone

504-520-7919 fax




Assistant Professor


Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism
Journalism History, 2007
American Journalism History Association Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Award - Honorable Mention: "The Tale of Two Voices:" An Oral History of Women Communicators from Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 and a New Black Feminist Concept"

M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism
Broadcast Journalism, 2003

B.A. University of North Carolina at Asheville
Mass Communication, 1995
Cohen Departmental Distinction Award – Cum Laude

  • Introduction to Mass Communication (MSCM 1100)
  • Writing for Radio and Television (MSCM 2500)
  • Radio and Television Announcing (MSCM 2950)
  • Media Law & Ethics (MSMC 4430)
  • History of African American Mass Media (MSCM 4520)
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (WMST 1030)

Dr. Edgerton-Webster's research includes journalism history, civil rights history, women's studies, oral history, and cultural criticism. A 2008 NEH Summer Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, she is currently working on a monograph, "Passing for Black, Passing for Freedom: The Oral History of Mississippi Freedom Summer Women Communication Workers and Identity Switching," about white women who passed for black during the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, she is working on a book chapter titled, "Strangest Fruit: Newspaper Coverage of Mississippi African American Women at the End of Jim Crow's Noose."


Dr. Edgerton-Webster joined the Communications faculty as an assistant professor of Mass Communication in 2009. Formerly a radio/television reporter and anchor for over a decade, she teaches courses in writing for radio and television, radio and television announcing, and media history and law. Most recently, Dr. Edgerton-Webster was named the 2011 1st Place Winner of the Scholastic Journalism Innovative Outreach Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She received the award for her research on the scholarship of teaching and redesign of her Introduction to Mass Communication course that addresses the University QEP (Read to Lead) Initiative, Service Learning to a New Orleans Recovery High School, and a current event drill session. Dr. Edgerton-Webster was also selected as a 2011 Summer Fellow to the Scripps-Howard Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Contact Information

Office Location: Xavier South 116
Direct Line: 504-520-5748
Fax Number: 504-520-7919
Email Address: bedgerto@xula.edu