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Caitlin E. Lawson

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Department of English

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Thursdays 12:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom


Ph.D. in Communication and Media, University of Michigan;
M.A. in Film Studies, University of Central Oklahoma;
B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Oklahoma


I am a feminist media studies scholar whose work focuses on popular and digital cultures. Specifically, my research explores the ways in which pop culture and social media intersect to provide everyday opportunities to negotiate social justice and equity. My first book, 'Just Like Us: Digital Debates on Feminism and Fame,' examines the rise of celebrity feminism, its intersections with digital culture, and its complicated relationships with race, sexuality, capitalism, and misogyny. It will be published on December 9, 2022 by Rutgers University Press.
I hold a PhD in Communication and Media from the University of Michigan, an MA in Film Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a BA in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
You can find out more at my website, www.caitlin-lawson.com

What I Love About Emmanuel:

Although I'm just starting my journey at Emmanuel, I am so impressed by the students' eagerness to learn and challenge themselves. Already I sense in my students such a drive to grow intellectually, and I look forward to being a part of that process with them.

COMM1502: Introduction to Communication and Media
COMM3991: Special Topics - Feminist Media Studies
COMM4998: Senior Seminar - The Platform Society
COMM2515: Qualitative Methods of Media Research

My research centers on the following:
  • Digital culture
  • Feminist media studies
  • Celebrity studies
  • Social justice and activism

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