Whether through research, teaching, or directing the Department's advising program, I see my work as a vehicle for prompting critical thought and promoting constructive social change. My research interests include the subjective and social implications of media images hypermasculinity and the hypersexualization of young girls, the commercialization of children's culture, and the health and environmental impacts of media driven consumerism. My current research explores consent and coercion in adolescents' and young women's sexual experiences, focusing on the roles of pornography and other media messages in college students' experiences and perceptions of "hooking up." I am also studying the impacts of Title IX and other campus rape policies on feminist pedagogy, research, and advocacy. My scholarship sits at the nexus of social and developmental psychology, critical cultural studies, and feminist media studies, with a particular focus on issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
Introduction to Media and Culture; Peer Advising and Leadership Seminar; Media and Children's Culture; Media and the Construction of Gender
Everyday courage and the "how" of our work. In L. Reynolds and J. Reynolds (Eds.). Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Speak for yourself: What girls say about what girls need. Chicago: Girl's Best Friend Foundation, 2003.
Flirting with danger: Young women's reflections on sexuality and violence. New York: New York University Press, 2000.
The girls report: What we know and need to know about growing up female. New York: The National Council for Research on Women, 2000.
I have recently completed a documentary film with the Media Education Foundation based on my book, Flirting with Danger. In collaboration with Sut Jhally, I am also conducting a study of college students' views on "hooking up" and "friends with benefits" and working on a documentary film project on this topic. I direct the Department of Communication's Undergraduate Advising Program and am now at work on a theoretical piece on the roles of whole student advising in the cultivation of intellectual community.