Elyria Kemp, Ph.D.

Elyria Kemp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Bank One Endowed Professorship in
Minority & Emerging Business


Office: 343F Kirschman Hall
Phone: 504-280-6483
Email: ekemp@uno.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Professor Elyria Kemp joined UNO in 2012. She has taught at Texas State University, the University of Arkansas and Dillard University. Dr. Kemp received her PhD from the University of Arkansas and holds an MBA from the University of New Orleans and a BS in Music Business from Bradley University.

Before entering academia, Dr. Kemp worked in the music business industry where she directed strategic marketing efforts for symphonic organizations and presenting arts organizations. She also worked in music licensing for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  Dr. Kemp continues to interface with industry as an academic, which is evidenced in collaborations with industry in her research. 


PhD, University of Arkansas
MBA, University of New Orleans
BS, Bradley University


Professor Kemp has received the "Professor of the Year" award in the Executive Masters of Science Health Care Management program at UNO. In addition, her research on developing emotionally-based relationships in health care received the "Highly Commended Paper Award" in the Journal of Services Marketing and her research on emotional exhaustion in truck drivers was nominated for the Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award in the Journal of Business Logistics. Dr. Kemp was also selected as a Fellow by the Advertising Educational Foundation through which she completed a visiting professorship with IBM and Ogilvy & Mather.

Selected Research:

Dr. Kemp's research  interests lie in the areas of emotions and decision making, healthcare, consumer well-being, and artistic consumption. Her work has been published in well-respected academic journals and presented at marketing conferences across the country and globe. Below is a list of some of her published works.

The Heart in Organizational Buying: Perspectives on the Emotions and Decision Making of Buyers, Kemp, Elyria, Aberdeen Leila Borders, Nwamaka Anaza and Wesley J. Johnston (forthcoming),Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing.

 Artistic Consumption and Well-being:  A Song of Two Countries, Kemp, Elyria, Kristina Martic, Nwamaka Anaza (forthcoming), International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.

What's Love Got to Do with It? Investigating Consumer Commitment in Health Care Kemp, Elyria, Sonja Martin Poole (2017), Health Marketing Quarterly, 34 (2), 113-127.

Occupational Dream Pursuit: Decision Making and Consumption Behavior, Kemp, Elyria and Aberdeen Leila Borders (2017) Journal of Consumer Marketing, 34 (4), 319-327.

Understanding the Power of Hope and Empathy in Healthcare Marketing, Kemp, Elyria, My Bui, Anjala Krishen, Pamela Miles Homer and Michael S. LaTour (2017), Journal of Consumer Marketing, 34 (2), 85-95.

Me, Myself and I: Examining the Effect of Loneliness and Self-focus on Message Referents, Kemp, Elyria, David J. Moore and Kelly Cowart (2016), Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, 37 (1), 15-27.

Arts Audiences: Establishing a Gateway to Audience Development and Engagement, Kemp, Elyria and Sonja Martin Poole (2016), Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 46 (2), 53-62.

The Power of Promoting Healthy Brands: Familiarity in Healthy Product Decision Making, Bui, My, Elyria Kemp and Mitch Hamilton (2015), Journal of Promotion Management, 21 (6), 739-759.

Selling Hope: Examining the Role of Affect-Laden Health Care Advertising in Consumer Decision Making, Kemp, Elyria, Kyeong Sam Min and Elizabeth O. Joint (2015), Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, 23 (4), 434-454.

Engaging Consumers in Esthetic Offerings: Conceptualizing and Developing a Measure for Arts Engagement, Kemp, Elyria, (2015), International Journal of Voluntary Sector Marketing, 20 (2), 137-148.

Hope across the Seas: The Role of Emotions and Risk Propensity in Medical Tourism Advertising, Kemp, Elyria, Kim H. Williams and McDowell Porter (2015), International Journal of Advertising Research, 34 (4), 621-640.

The Calm Before the Storm: Emotion Regulation Consumption in the Face of an Impending Disaster, Kemp, Elyria, Pamela A. Kennett-Hensel and Kim H. Williams (2014), Psychology & Marketing, 31 (11), 933-945.

Health Care Branding: Developing Emotionally Based Consumer Brand Relationships, Kemp, Elyria, Ravi Jillapalli and Enrique Becerra (2014), Journal of Services Marketing, 28 (2),126-137.

Emotions in the Classroom: Examining Environmental Factors and Student Satisfaction, Childers, Carla Y., Kim H. Williams and Elyria Kemp (2014), Journal of Education for Business, 89 (1), 7–12.

Get Your Head in the Game: Using Gamification in Business Education to Connect with Generation Y, Poole, Sonja M., Elyria Kemp, Kim H. Williams and Lauri Patterson (2014), Journal for Excellence in Business Education, 3 (2) http://www.jebejournal.org/index.php/jebe/article/view/40

Pulling on the Heart-Strings: Examining the Effects of Emotions and Gender in Persuasive Appeals, Kemp, Elyria, Pamela A. Kennett-Hensel and Jeremy Kees (2013), Journal of Advertising, 41 (1), 69-79.

Sales Manager Support: Fostering Emotional Health in Salespeople, Kemp, Elyria, Aberdeen Leila Borders and Joe M. Ricks (2013), European Journal of Marketing, 47 (3/4), 635-654.

Embracing Jazz: Exploring Audience Participation for Jazz Music in Its Birthplace, Kemp, Elyria and Michael White (2013),  International Journal of Arts Management, 16 (1), 35-48.

Take This Job and Shove It: Examining the Influence of Role Stressors and Emotional Exhaustion on Organizational Commitment and Identification in Professional Truck Drivers, Kemp, Elyria, Steven W. Kopp and Eramus C. Kemp, Jr. (2013), Journal of Business Logistics, 31 (1), 33-45.

When Food is More Than Nutrition: Understanding Emotional Eating and Overconsumption, Kemp, Elyria, My Bui and Sonya Grier (2013), Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 12 (3), 204-213.

Six Days on the Road: Will I Make It Home Safely Tonight? Examining Truck Driver Stressors and Attitudes toward Commercial Transportation Regulation and Safety, Kemp, Elyria, Steven W. Kopp and Eramus C. Kemp, Jr. (2013), International Journal of Logistics Management, 24 (2), 210-229.

Regulating Emotions in Advertising: Examining the Effects of Sadness and Anxiety on Hedonic Product Advertisements, Kemp, Elyria, Sindy Chapa and Steven W. Kopp (2013), Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, 34, 135 -150.

E-tail Emotion Regulation: Examining Online Hedonic Product Purchases, My Bui and Elyria Kemp (2013), International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 41 (2), 155-170.

Stimulating and Enhancing Student Learning Through Positive Emotions, Williams, Kim H., Carla Y. Childers and Elyria Kemp (2013), (lead article), Journal of Teaching for Travel and Tourism, 13, 209-227.

Developing Affective Brand Commitment through Social Media, Turri, Anna, Karen Smith, Elyria Kemp (2013), (lead article)  Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 14 (13), 201-214.

Place Branding: Creating Self-Brand Connections and Brand Advocacy, Kemp, Elyria, Carla Y. Childers and Kim H. Williams (2012), Journal of Product & Brand Management, 21 (7), 508-515.

A Tale of A Musical City: Fostering Self-Brand Connection among Residents of Austin, Texas, Kemp, Elyria, Carla Y. Childers and Kim H. Williams (2012), Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 8 (2), 147-157.

The Role of Advertising in Consumer Emotion Management, Kemp, Elyria, My Bui and Sindy Chapa (2012), International Journal of Advertising, 31 (2), 339-353.

Managing Emotions in Personal Selling: Examining the Role of Emotion Regulation Strategy in Salespeople, Kemp, Elyria, Aberdeen Leila Borders and Joe M. Ricks (2012), Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, 12 (1), 18-29.

The Impact of Marketing on Internal Stakeholders in Destination Branding: The Case of a Musical City, Kemp, Elyria, Kim H. Williams and Bridget Mary Bordelon (2012),  Journal of Vacation Marketing, 18 (2), 121-133.

Examining Consumers' Perceptions of the Health Benefits of Products with Fiber Claims, Zank, Gail and Elyria Kemp (2012),  Journal of Consumer Affairs, 46 (2), 333-344.

Resistance and Self-Risk: "Examining the Effects of Message Cues in Encouraging End-of-Life Planning, Kemp, Elyria and Steven W. Kopp (2011), Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 30 (1), 100-109.

Healthy Brands: Establishing Credibility, Commitment and Connection among Consumers, Kemp, Elyria and My Bui (2011), Journal of Consumer Marketing, 28 (6), 429-437.

Paying the Piper: Performing Rights Organizations and Their Role in the Retail Function, Kemp, Elyria, Chinna Natesan, Aberdeen Leila Borders and Steven W. Kopp (2011), Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 18, 429-437.

The Fight Against Obesity: Influences of Self-Efficacy on Exercise Regularity, Bui, My and Elyria Kemp (2011), Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 2 (3), 181-208.

Eating Their Feelings: Examining Emotional Eating in At-Risk Groups in the United States, Kemp, Elyria, My Bui and Sonya Grier (2011), Journal of Consumer Policy, 34, 211-229.

Emotion Regulation Consumption: When Feeling Better is the Aim, Kemp, Elyria and Steven Kopp (2011), Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 10 (1), 1-7.

Have You Made Plans for that Big Day? Predicting Intentions to Engage in Funeral Planning, Kemp, Elyria and Steven Kopp (2010), Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, 18 (Winter), 81-90.

The Role of Self-Regulation, Future Orientation, and Financial Knowledge in Long-Term Financial Decisions, Creyer, Elizabeth, Jeremy Kees and Elyria Kemp (2008), Journal of Consumer Affairs, 42 (2), 223-242.

Consumer Awareness of the Legal of Obligations of Funeral Providers, Kopp, Steven W. and Elyria Kemp (2007), Journal of Consumer Affairs, 41 (2), 326-356.

When Do Nutrient Content and Nutrient Content Claims Matter? Assessing Consumer Tradeoffs Between Carbohydrates and Fat,  Kemp, Elyria, Scot Burton, Elizabeth H. Creyer and Tracy A. Suter (2007), Journal of Consumer Affairs, 41 (1), 47-73.

The Deathcare Industry: A Review of Regulatory and Consumer Issues, Kopp, Steven W. and Elyria Kemp (2007), Journal of Consumer Affairs, 41 (1), 150-173.

Courses Taught

Professor Kemp teaches courses in the marketing curriculum at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. Below is a list of courses taught.

  • Strategic Marketing Management, graduate level
  • Health Care Marketing, undergraduate, graduate and executive level
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Retailing
  • Legal Environment of Marketing