Reginald Bell

Assistant Professor | Communication Studies
Rm 307 Wallace Hall (309) 457-2367

Biography

Dr. Reginald Bell, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Memphis, where he focused on Rhetoric and Media Studies. He earned his M.Div. from Emory: Candler School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Birmingham Southern College. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication and Public Relations at Monmouth College in Fall 2023. His research focuses on Culture, New Myths, and Televangelism. In his current book project, he explores how televangelist and media guru Joel Osteen uses media to get hundreds of thousands of people to accept a therapeutic approach to something, in this case, middle-classness, on multiple technology platforms. This work brings together intersectional issues such as race, gender, and sexuality. Among numerous other accomplishments, Bell recently published 500+ illustrations for sermons & other occasions and was a communication consultant to Rev. Raphael Warnock, Senator. In addition, his article “Did Joel Osteen endorse Donald Trump? Reimagining a Presidential Endorsement” was selected for publication in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Finally, he is a third-generation clergy who taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, New York Theological Seminary in New York, New York, and Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, North Carolina.