Wednesday, May 15, 2024

New Position as Director of Graduate Studies

I am happy to announce that I will start a 3-year term as the College of Communication's  Director of Graduate Studies on June 1. In addition to the current online master's degree in Strategic Communication, we may launch additional programs soon. I am thankful for this opportunity to grow and contribute to our college. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Abstract accepted for IAMCR conference in New Zealand

Super excited to see that my abstract, titled "Toward a Global History of Women in Journalism," was accepted for presentation at this year's International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. This conference will take place from June 30 to July 4.  See here for more information. I always find this conference invigorating and look forward to seeing colleagues there. 

Monday, February 26, 2024

Sharing my research

I talked about some of my research on the global history of women and journalism with colleagues in the College of Communication at Butler University on Friday. Great discussion! Here are some action shots taken by Ross Hollebon.


Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Reflections on "Global Women" course

At the end of the semester, I ask students in my class, titled "Resistance and Rights: Global Women," to reflect on their experiences. We cover a wide variety of challenging topics in this class, and it is very satisfying to see how students evaluate their own learning. 

One student wrote, for example, "This course has been unlike any other that I have taken before and it has been one of the most eye-opening of my academic career thus far." Another wrote: "This semester has been a transformative journey for me in gaining a deeper understanding of women's struggles, achievements, and the complexities of gender-based issues through the lens of women's rights as human rights." 

In addition to Shawn Meghan Burn's textbook, "Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective," we studied Joni Seager's Atlas and Sisonke Msimang's autobiography, "Always Another Country." I am looking forward to teaching two sections of Global Women in Spring 2024. 

Friday, November 17, 2023

And just like that ...

And just like that, it is almost the end of this semester. After almost 20 years of college teaching, I can say it does not get easier. It gets super busy and we struggle to stay on top of work. But I always get to the end of the semester somehow!

This semester, I taught three classes. I wrote three book chapters with one more in progress. I chaired two college committees. And more. But I am thankful for a full and rewarding life.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

First day of the semester

Today is the first day of classes for the Fall 2023 semester. This is the beginning of my 19th year at Butler University! 

I am happy to be teaching courses that are interesting and important to me. Below are some of the books I am using this semester. 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Back to school!

My sabbatical is over and I am getting ready for the new semester. I am also moving into a new office, in Fairbanks Building 106. Beautiful view from inside my office. 

Fall semester officially begins next Wednesday, August 23. I will be teaching three classes: Gender and News: Global Views, Global Media, and Resistance and Rights: Global Women. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Two new books of interest

I learned of two new books of interest at the AEJMC conference in Washington, DC, last week. Both of them deal with journalism and violence in the #MeToo era. 

The first book is titled "Reporting on Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Era," edited by Andrea Baker and Usha Manchanda Rodrigues and published by Routledge. The second, also edited by Andrea Baker, but with Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly, is titled "Violence Against Women in the Global South: Reporting in the #MeToo era." This book is published by Palgrave MacMillan. 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Another AEJMC in the books

I had the privilege of serving as discussant for a panel titled "Digital and Social Media Presentations of Women's Rights Internationally" on Tuesday at the annual AEJMC conference. Here are some of my comments:

"What makes this panel so special is the focus on women’s issues in non-Western countries and those in the Global South. We know that there is a lack of research on gender and journalism outside of the Global North, so all of these papers have the potential to make important contributions.

" Looking at the papers presented here, we have two papers about women in Iran, one on women in Ghana, one on women in Uganda, and one on women in Saudi Arabia. At least three were presented by students, which is very encouraging. I think several of the authors are also 'from' one of these countries, which gives them great advantage in terms of positionality. But I also want to acknowledge the difficulty of moving in between spaces and adjusting to academic life in the United States. Please know that you have valuable contributions to make.

"Methods used here vary from a visual rhetorical analysis of 520 tweets, to a quantitative analysis of 600 news articles in both Arabic and English, and in-depth interviews. For interview papers, we see the importance of an intersectional approach, where we look not just at gender but also nationality...."