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. Tulane University
M.M.C. Louisiana State University
B.A., Dillard University - Mass Communication, Spanish, French

  • Introduction to Mass Communication (MSCM 1100)
  • Principles of Visual Media (MSCM 1200)
  • Introduction to Converged Media Writing (MSCM 2222)
  • Story Telling through Digital Media (MSCM 2540)
  • Introduction to Mass Communication Research (MSCM 3600)
  • Media Criticism (MSCM 3500)

Comparative media systems, Latin American and Caribbean media systems, Haitian media, foreign corresponding, crisis and disaster news, Latin American and Caribbean history and culture


Shearon Roberts joined the Mass Communication department in Fall 2014. She supervises student internships, practicums and student mass media research projects. She trains students in digital media to be able to work in media convergence in print, broadcast and online formats. She has worked as a local news reporter, covered national news for the leading U.S. dailies and worked as an international correspondent for print, radio and broadcast media outlets. She has also worked in non-profit public relations and oversaw state government survey research conducted at Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab.
Roberts speaks French, Spanish and Haitian Creole and has visited Latin American and Caribbean nations both as a journalist and for scholarly research. Roberts conducted extensive research with Haiti’s leading print, radio, television and alternative news organizations in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Prior to Haiti, Roberts conducted research with journalists working at leading news organizations throughout the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Robert’s research is the subject of the 2014 book Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, of which she is a co-author (http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1672). Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Visual Communication Quarterly. Roberts’ research looks at the changes to the local media industry throughout the Gulf Coast. She is also currently conducting research that explores the development of media systems within the Caribbean, and historical media ties between Haiti and New Orleans.

Contact Information

Office Location: Xavier South 116
Mailing Address: 1 Drexel Drive,
PO Box 299, New Orleans, La 70125
Direct Line: ‪‪504-520-5142‬‬‬‬
Fax Number: 504-520-7919
Email Address: srobert7@xula.edu