Audrey Jane Black

PhD Candidate

Audrey is a doctoral candidate in Communication, working in the areas of media and cultural studies and women, gender and sexuality studies. Audrey’s research focuses on media industries and how they produce and circulate “identity,” as well as how these constructions function in larger systems of meaning, reference, and “representation.” Using queer and feminist intersectional theory to drive methods of production studies and autoethnography, my dissertation project follows the rise of transgender visibility in mass media as it relates to, among other things, the advent of streaming television distribution. In doing this, I ask challenging questions, relative to queer populations, about the material aspects of, and political potential for, industrially mediated forms of community, embodiment, resistance, and justice.


Television, media industries, cultural production, LGBTQ, transgender