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Gracie Lawson-Borders is Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science, Professor in Communication and Journalism at the University of Wyoming. She is also the former Director of African American and Diaspora Studies. Her book Media Organizations and Convergence: Case Studies of Media Convergence Pioneers focuses on convergence as a concept and a process. Her research concentrates on media management, social media, and new technologies. She also examines media coverage of minority groups and issues. Lawson-Borders is a member of the advisory board for BlackPast.org. She has published in American Behavioral Scientist, International Journal on Media Management, and Journal of Media Economics. She has previously served on the faculty at Kent State University and Southern Methodist University. A former journalist, Lawson-Borders has worked as a reporter and editor at the Akron Beacon Journal, the Oakland Press, and the Chicago Tribune. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, a M.A. from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. from Wayne State University.