Marie Hardin


Marie Hardin

Dean, Professor

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  • Women in Media
  • Title IX
  • Sports Journalism


  • B.A.: Ambassador University
  • M.A.: Georgia State University
  • Ph.D.: University of Georgia



Marie Hardin is professor of journalism and dean in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. The Belliario College is among the largest nationally accredited program of its kind in the United States, with about 3,000 students in eight undergraduate majors. The Bellisario College also houses one of the largest mass communications doctoral programs in the U.S.

Hardin has been in the Bellisario College since 2003, where she served as associate dean for five years before becoming dean. She also served as associate director for the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and as director of the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication until 2014. She directed the Bellisario College’s Center for Editing Excellence, affiliated with the Dow Jones News Fund, from 2005 to 2010. As dean, she has been elected chair of the University’s Academic Leadership Council twice since 2014.

Hardin has taught courses focusing on the intersection of sports, media and society at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has also taught journalism skills and ethics-related courses. Her research has concentrated on diversity, ethics and professional practices in sports journalism, and she is co-editor (2022) of Communication & Sport, one of the top-ranked journals in communication.

She is also active in the International Communication Association and in the Association for Education in Journalism in Mass Communication, where she served as president in 2018-19. She is also committee chair for the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is on the steering committee for the Alliance of Schools and Colleges of Journalism and Communication.

She earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Georgia, where she was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2013 by UGA’s Grady College.


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