Professor Mbure's research focuses on media influence on self-perceptions in young people, especially around issues related to appearance ideals of the black body in the media. She also interrogates historical influences of media representations of gender and race in post-colonial contexts. Her current research projects examine the effects of skin tone ideals in the media, opportunities for and resistance to such ideals through new media by post-colonial and Diaspora communities, and the impact of convergence media in creating opportunities for reflexive cultural practices and social change. Her research has been published in Women and Language, and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Her scholarship has been recognized by a number of awards and grants. In 2010, Professor Mbure received the John D. Bies International Dissertation Research Fellowship awarded by the University of Missouri Graduate School. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).


  • Ph.D. University of Missouri
  • M.A. Ohio University
  • B.A. Daystar University

Courses Taught

  • First Year Writing Seminar: Navigating the Media Landscape
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Introductory Statistics for Communication

Selected Publications, Articles & Presentations

  • Aubrey, J. S., Hopper, M., & Mbure, W. (2011). Check that body!: The effects of sexually objectifying music videos on college men's sexual beliefs. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 55, 360-379.
  • Mwangi, E. & Mbure, W. (2009). Passion in a Mathree: Metropolitan Love in Nazizi Hirji's "Kenyan Girl/Kenyan