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Fall 2015

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Laurie Ouellette

Laurie J Ouellette

Communication Studies 254 Ford Hall 224 Church St SE


Laurie Ouellette works across media and cultural studies, with a focus on media's role in shaping, governing and regulating bodies, subjectivities and differences (gender, sexuality, race, ability, and class). Her new book Lifestyle TV (Routledge 2006) draws from social and political theory to situate television as a technology of citizenship, lifestyle, labor and self-making. She has written about public broadcasting, TV history, fashion and style, self-help culture and social media and is at work on two projects: a cultural history of MTV's pro-social campaigns, and a study of class anxiety and the unraveling of the American Dream in US media culture. She is also co-editing Keywords in Media Studies (NYU Press, 2017). 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 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 also a frequent media commentator for outlets ranging from local newspapers to national venues such as National Public Radio and the New York Times.


  • Media Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Biopolitics and Governmentality
  • Lifestyle and Consumer Culture

Educational Background

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


  • 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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