Mass Comm 231A
Dr. Katherine Foss, assistant 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.
Curriculum vitae: (DOC)