Teaching

My primary teaching interests are in digital media, disability studies, and cultural studies of media. Selected undergraduate and graduate courses are described below.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Media
    A large lecture class (200), required of all undergraduates majoring or minoring in the Media School, which introduces all of the available major tracks and a range of approaches to studying and producing media.
  • New Media
    An upper level course offering a mix of historical, theoretical, and popular approaches to “new,” “digital,” and “social” media. This class is divided into broad topic areas (privacy, identity, technology, etc.), giving students an introduction to thinking critically about contemporary media.
  • US Television History
    An upper level history course that uses accessible academic texts alongside primary historical research and production exercises to give students a sense of both the historical scope of television and the process of constructing and telling media histories. Assignments include critical production exercises and writing tasks that blend research with creativity.
  • Media Convergence and Participation
    An upper level undergraduate course focused on contemporary media and their industrial, technological, and audience overlaps. Focused on television, streaming services, social media, and other digital offshoots.
  • Social Media Celebrity
    An upper level course, this class introduces students to basic concepts from star studies and then walks through scholarly applications of these ideas to social media and similar contexts. Emphasis on the production of celebrity identities via behaviors and relationships.

Graduate Courses

  • Critical Media Industry Studies
    This mixed MA, MS, and PhD course functions as a methods course, introducing students to ethnography, discourse analysis, historical analysis, interviews, and other research methods for the study of media industries. Students produced book reviews of recent scholarly texts about media industries, as well as final seminar papers. MS students are given more flexibility in final projects.
  • Digital Media Access
    This mixed MA and PhD course offered students a variety of approaches to the study of digital media access, including policy (common carriage, net neutrality), digital divide literatures, circuits of cultural studies, and disability studies understandings of access. Students conducted an in-depth analysis of access to a given media artifact, and produced final seminar papers.

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