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Stephanie Brown, M.A.

Visiting Instructor

Courses Taught

Media and Society, Public Speaking, Analysis of Popular Culture, Digital Storytelling


M.A. in Television, Radio, and Film, Syracuse University

Research Interests

Stephanie Brown is a critical-cultural media studies scholar working at the intersection of popular culture, feminist theory, audience, and media production studies. Her most recent projects include work on gender, authenticity, and gatekeeping in stand-up comedy as a media industry; podcasting; and social media fandom surrounding teen television.

Publications and Media Placements

“Millennial fandom and the failures of ‘Switched at Birth”s sexual assault education campaign,”Transformative Works and Cultures, 26. March 2018.

“TV Critics and Taste Culture, Or Why Everyone Ignored Oxygen’s Funny Girls,” Flow Journal 23.05. 27 March 2017.

“Post-Truth, Satire, and Postmodern Critique” In Media Res. 31. Jan 2017.

“That’s Not Funny! Cultural Capital and Comedic Critique”In Media Res. 6 June 2016.

Honors and Awards

Graduate Student Leadership Award (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2018)

Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Media, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2017)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • American Humor Studies Association (AHSA)

Community Work and Service

  • Steering Committee, Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SCMS)
  • Producer, Aca-Media Podcast (SCMS)