Dr Shayla Thiel-Stern
Shayla Thiel-Stern is an associate professor who teaches coursework that covers how the changing media environment and the production and consumption of digital media affects culture and society today. Her research--which questions the critical intersections of youth, interactive media and gender--uses a variety of research methodologies to understand how digital media both shapes and is shaped by culture and audiences. Her new book, From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media and Moral Panic, 1905-2010 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), uses several case studies to argue that the news media has used the same newsgathering and storytelling techniques to trivialize and marginalize teen girls.
Her previous book, Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging (2007, Peter Lang), exposed how youth use interactive media to negotiate gender and sexual identity and navigate their social worlds through new media.
She previously worked at washingtonpost.com, Edmunds.com, cars.com and Iowa Public Radio and other media start-ups, and she contributed to CNN.com, Britannica, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She served as editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, and has published scholarly research in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Radio and Audio Media,Women's Studies in Communication, and Girlhood Studies, as well as in several edited books.
She earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.