I have been teaching in FIMS since its inception and given my long history with the department, I have taught a variety of offerings in the undergraduate Media, Information & Technoculture program, as well as in the graduate Journalism and Media Studies programs. At present, in MIT, I teach 3120 Media Representations of Women and 3100 Information and the Public Sphere. In Journalism, I teach Journalism Communication Theory as well as a summer offering, Introduction to Print.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, the broad scope of interests that animates my teaching also outlines my research areas. Generally speaking, I employ a feminist cultural studies approach to considerations of women and/or minorities in mainstream media, journalism and popular culture. I have written about how fairy tales and cultural myths frame criminals and victims in problematic ways (for example, Karla Homolka and Leslie Mahaffy). I have also published work about representations of First Nations people—specifically considering the Ipperwash crisis—and argued that despite ‘best practices,’ newsrooms have inherent biases that make ethical coverage nearly impossible. Recently, I have also become interested in the ways that crime is covered—both in North America and abroad. Using a feminist ethic of care framework, I am writing a series of articles that considers the ethical and cultural implications of what differing newsroom practices of naming or not naming alleged perpetrators and victims ‘means.’ In 2010, this research encompassed Sweden and Holland and this year, the data collection has expanded to include England, Ireland and Wales. In addition, along with Media Studies PhD student Chris Richardson, I am editing a book about Canadian coverage of crime that brings together both scholarly and journalistic perspectives.