Lisa Henderson

N358 Integrative Learning Center
ON SABBATICAL, Spring 2016
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My research interests include cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media studies, and cultural studies of social class, with essays in a number of collections and such journals as the International Journal of CommunicationSigns, Journal of Communication, GLQ, Feminist Media Studies, and Screen. In most projects, these categories combine and redefine each other while addressing questions of personal, community and institutional power and autonomy. My work also addresses questions of feeling, identification and everyday life, in the interest of studying communication practices in as deeply and broadly contextualized a way as I can, and in the spirit--when it makes sense--of optimism and social solidarity. Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production (2013) was a 2014 finalist in LGBT Studies for a Lambda Literary Award and is available from NYU Press or visit My new writing project is about friendship as a political form, and my new media project is Culture Lab, a space in the field of Communication for developing collaborations between media scholars and cultural producers, especially filmmakers.

Photo: Paul Shoul


PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Introduction to Media and Culture; Media, Culture and Global Citizenship; Communication Inquiry (Research Methods); Advanced Seminar in Popular Culture; Popular Culture and Cultural Production Capstone. Graduate: Media Theory; The Politics of Sexual Representation; Class Cultures; Field Research in Media and Cultural Studies; Cultural Production Research


"Queers and Class: Toward a Cultural Politics of Friendship," Key Words: The Journal of the Raymond Williams Society, in press.

"Communication, Sexuality, Defamiliarization," International Journal of Communication 7, 2468-2481, 2013.

Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production, New York: NYU Press, 2013.

"Sexual Healing," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies,special issue on the scholarship and influence of Gayle S. Rubin, 17(1), 125-134, Spring 2011.

"Body Optimism," International Journal of Communication 4, 2010 (Feature)

"Queer Relay," GLQ:A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 14(4), September 2008

"Every Queer Thing We Know" The Massachusetts Review, special queer issue edited by John Emil Vincent, 49(1/2), Spring-Summer 2008

"Queer visibility and social class," in Kevin Barnhurst (ed.) Media Queered: Visibility and its Discontents.  New York:  Peter Lang, 2007

"Feminism, Sexuality, Media Studies," Feminist Media Studies 1(1), Spring 2001

Current Projects: 

New projects address queer studies of friendship, the role communication and cultural participation play in thriving, and prospects for artist-scholar collaboration.