Rachel L. Emanuel, Ph.D.

Director of Communications and Development Support
(225) 771-5815

A more than 30-year veteran public relations professional, Rachel Emanuel joined the Southern University Law Center as director of the Office of Publications and Electronic Media in 1998. Her title was changed to director of the Office of Communications and Development Support in June 2011 to reflect the increased duties of the office. In this capacity, Dr. Emanuel directs the communication activities of the Law Center, is editor of its award-winning magazine, Reflections, and is producer of Law Center video documentaries and tributes. She formerly worked as director of publications and electronic media at Southern University, Baton Rouge campus, and as senior editor for LSU University Relations.

The Shreveport, Louisiana, native earned the bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and public relations from LSU in Baton Rouge and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work, including video documentaries of civil rights pioneers in the legal profession, has been recognized in local, state, and national competitions.

Emanuel is a past president of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, and was named PRAL's 1997 Communicator of the Year. Her work, including video documentaries on other civil rights pioneers, has been recognized in local, state, and national competitions, including the 2010 Links Role Model Award, the 2007 YWCA Racial Justice Award, the 2007 Louisiana Black Film Festival L'Applause; the 2000 YWCA Woman of Achievement; 2001 Communicator Award; 1998 Louisiana Press Women's Association Award of Excellence in Documentary, and the 1997 American Association of State and Local History Certificate of Commendation.

Dr. Emanuel is past chairman of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, serving her second term on the board. She is a member the publications committee for the Baton Rouge Bar Association, a 1998 graduate of the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Leadership Baton Rouge, and a 2000 graduate of the Council for A Better Louisiana's Leadership Louisiana. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity in 1995.

She has taught research methods, documentary, public relations strategies, and race and gender in the media as an adjunct instructor at the LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication and the Southern University Department of Mass Communications.

A biography, "A More Noble Cause: A. P. Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana" by Rachel L. Emanuel and A. P. Tureaud, Jr., was released by LSU Press in spring of 2011.

Selected Works:

Southern University Law Center: 60th Anniversary (2007: approximately 20 minutes)
Taking A Seat for Justice: the 1960 Baton Rouge Sit-Ins (2006: 50:31 minutes)
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society: Lawyers With A Purpose (2003: 56 minutes)
Fulfilling His Promise: Walter C. Dumas (2001: approx. 30 minutes)
The Bridge Builder: Dr. Jesse N. Stone, Jr. (2001: approx. 20 minutes)
Journey for Justice: The A. P. Tureaud Story (1996: 57.11 minutes)