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Elanie Steyn

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Elanie Steyn

Associate Professor, Journalism Area Head

Office: 3019 Gaylord Hall
Phone: (405) 325-8219


  • North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus (PhD)
  • Potchefstroom (MA)
  • City University, London (MA)

Areas of Specialization

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Women in Leadership
  • Empowerment of Minority Communities

Scholarly Highlights

  • State Department partnerships in South Asia
  • OU Diplomacy Lab


Steyn teaches in journalism, media management and business of media. Her research interests focus on women in media leadership, international media studies and media management. She has taught on these topics in several South Asian countries and is the co-PI for several U.S. State Department grants on media and small business with South Asian countries.

Prior to joining OU, Steyn conducted research for media and private sector businesses, government departments, universities and investment corporations in Africa and Europe. Steyn has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and/or chapters in textbooks, has read more than 50 conference papers and serves on review and editorial boards of academic journals.

Before joining OU, she was a senior lecturer in the School of Communication Studies at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa.