B.A., Johnson C. Smith University; M.A., American University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Erica N. Hilton is a visiting assistant professor of Communication and Media at Methodist University. Her teaching and research intersect between strategic communication, media studies, and diversity in communications.

She has presented her work at conferences such as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Public Relations Research Annual Conference (IPRRC), Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (PCA), and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists (ASBS).

Hilton has over a decade of experience working in digital and strategic communications for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an international labor union, and multiple non-profit organizations. She has managed websites, social media, and digital ad campaigns; developed and executed strategic communication campaigns; and produced a docuseries on America’s labor unions rebuilding the World Trade Center. She also was the lead writer and editor for an Assistant Secretary of Human Resources & Administration (HR&A) at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hilton previously taught courses in strategic communication, public relations, diversity in the media, qualitative research, and communication theory at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of the District of Columbia.