Larry Powell

Professor; Director, Sports Communication This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 305
(205) 934-8784

Research and Teaching Interests: Political Communication, Sports Communication, Movies, Popular Culture.

Office Hours: W 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


  • B.A., Auburn University, Speech Communication
  • M.A., Auburn University, Speech Communication
  • Ph.D., University of Florida, Speech Communication

Prior to joining UAB, Prof. Powell taught at Mississippi State University and the University of Central Florida. He also spent one-year teaching in Japan (Meisei University) and has taught two semesters in Bangkok, Thailand. He also spent eleven years as a full-time political consultant.

Prof. Powell also has an extensive background in professional sports media, having served as a free-lance contributor to a number of sports and music publications. He also spent several years as the UAB correspondent for His research interests focus mainly on political communication, sports communication, and popular culture topics.

Prof. Powell has been ranked as one of the top 50 communication researchers in the nation. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and more than 80 research articles.

  • Research Interests
    • Political Communication
    • Sports Communication
    • Movies
    • Popular Culture
  • Recent Courses
    • History of Mass Media
    • Intro to Political Communication
    • Communication and Sports
    • Sports in the Mass Media
    • Organizational Communication
    • Communication Effects
  • Select Publications
    • Powell, L., & Amsbary, J. (2018). Becoming John Wayne: The Early Westerns of a Screen Icon, 1930–1939. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
    • Hickson. M., & Powell, L. (2017). The political blame game in American politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
    • Powell, L. (2018). Political campaign communication: Inside and out (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.
    • Amsbary, J., & Powell, L. (2018). Interviewing in the modern world. New York: Routledge.
    • Kitchens, J. T., & Powell, L. (2015). The four pillars of politics: Why some candidates don=t win and others can’t lead. Lanham, MD: Lexington
    • Smith, Melissa, & Powell, Larry (2014). Dark money, Super PACs, and the 2012 election. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
    • Powell, Larry, & Garrett, Thomas (2014). The films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid and other underdogs. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
    • Richmond, Virginia, McCroskey, James C., & Powell, Larry (2013). Organizational communication for survival (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
    • Smith, M., Williams, G., Powell, L., & Copeland, G. (2010). Political campaign finance reform: The political shell game. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Member of the National Communication Association
    • Southern States Communication Association (Life Member)
    • Religious Communication Association (Life Member)