Dr. Katherine Foss

Associate Professor

Dr. Katherine Foss
615-494-7747
Room 249, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2008)
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2004)
  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, MN (2001)

Areas of Expertise

  • Breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television)
  • Constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss
  • Cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods
  • Discourse of television theme songs
  • Gender and media
  • Gender and victimization in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds
  • Health communication
  • Pioneer medicine in television
  • Portrayals of journalists in comic book films

Biography

Katherine Foss, associate professor, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her teaching interests include health communication, gender and media, cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television), constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss. Her past research projects have examined gender and victimization ...

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Katherine Foss, associate professor, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her teaching interests include health communication, gender and media, cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television), constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss. Her past research projects have examined gender and victimization in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds, the discourse of television theme songs, pioneer medicine in television and portrayals of journalists in comic book films.

Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Disability Studies Quarterly, Women & Health, International Breastfeeding Journal, Communication Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals, along with book chapters in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities and The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes. She was an invited speaker at the 2012 Great Nurse-In, a breastfeeding advocacy event held on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She also won the 2012 James W. Carey Media Research Award for her co-authored article (with Dr. Kathy Forde), entitled "'The Facts-the Color!-the Facts': The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910," published in Book History.

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