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Laurie Ouellette

Laurie J Ouellette

Communication Studies 254 Ford Hall 224 Church St SE


Laurie Ouellette holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She works across the interdisciplinary fields of media and cultural studies, with a focus on media's role in shaping, governing and regulating bodies, subjectivities and differences (gender, sexuality, race, ability, class). Her recent book Lifestyle TV (Routledge 2016) draws from social and political theory to situate contemporary television as a cultural technology of citizenship, lifestyle, labor and self-making. She recently co-edited Keywords in Media Studies (NYU Press, 2017) and is currently working on two book projects: a cultural history of corporate social responsibility, "ethical capitalism" and pro-social media at the global cable network MTV, and a study of the genealogies, infrastructures and performative economies of GoFundMe and other manifestations of precarity media. Professor Ouellette is co-author of Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship (Blackwell 2008), author of Viewers Like You? How Public Television Failed the People (Columbia University Press 2002), co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press 2009), editor of The Media Studies Reader (Routledge 2012) and editor of A Companion to Reality Television (Wiley 2014). Her research has been published in many academic anthologies and journals including Cultural Studies, Television & New Media, Cinema Journal, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (NYU Press 2012), Contemporary Documentary (Routledge 2015), Reality Gendervision: Gender and Sexuality on Transatlantic Reality Television (Duke University Press 2015) and How to Watch TV (NYU Press 2014). She is the co-editor of the journal Communication, Culture and Critique, and is a frequent media commentator for local newspapers and national media outlets such as National Public Radio and the New York Times.


  • Media Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Biopolitics and Governmentality
  • Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
  • Precarity, Labor and Class
  • Digital Media and Culture

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998.
  • M.A.: Media Studies, New School for Social Research, 1993.


  • Keywords for Media Studies. Ouellette, Laurie, NYU Press, Co-Editor, 2017.
  • Lifestyle TV. Ouellette, Laurie, Routledge, Author, 2016. Link Image
  • A Companion to Reality Television. Ouellette, Laurie, Editor, 2014. Link Image
  • The Media Studies Reader. Ouellette, Laurie, Routledge, Editor, 2012. Link Image
  • Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship. Ouellette, Laurie, Blackwell, Co-Author, 2008. Link Image
  • Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. Ouellette, Laurie, NYU Press, Co-Editor, 2009. Link Image
  • Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People. Ouellette, Laurie, Columbia University Press, Author, 2002. Link Image

Courses Taught

  • New Directions in Media Studies
  • Selfies: Media and the Culture of Me
  • Reality TV: History, Culture and Economics
  • Critical Television Studies
  • Media and Consumer Culture
  • Media Historiography
  • Critical Media Studies: Theory and Method
  • Foucault, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Electronic Media
  • Gender and Television
  • Television Genres: The Sitcom
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