Karen Freberg
Assistant Professor
Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville

Karen Freberg is an assistant professor in Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville and is an adjunct instructor for the IMC Graduate Online program for West Virginia University. In addition to this teaching experience, Freberg has presented at several U.S. and international research conferences, including ones in Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Greece, Italy, and China. Freberg also worked in public relations for Total Media in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007 with clients in the fashion and consumer industry.

Freberg is also a research consultant in social media and crisis communications and has worked with several organizations and agencies such as DHS, CDC, National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), and the Colorado Ski Association. Freberg’s research has been published in several book chapters and in academic journals such as Public Relations Review, Media Psychology Review, and Health Communication.

Before coming to the University of Louisville, Freberg earned a PhD in Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee in May 2011, and a Master's degree in Strategic Public Relations at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in August 2007. Freberg received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations at the University of Florida in August 2005.