Emma Bedor Hiland

Emma's academic interest in media began during her undergraduate career, culminating in a publication on celebrity mothers' postpartum weight-loss narratives. Her Master's thesis examined the Christian film industry, particularly the multi-platform opportunities afforded to anti-choice activist groups who disseminate their propaganda through seemingly mainstream films. Her current work examines the intersections of culture, medicalization, pharmaceuticalization, mental health and illness, and what bodies and mental states are considered "normal" or "sick." Her forthcoming publications critique the ways that pharmaceutical interventions are used as technologies and techniques of self-care under neoliberalism, and how changes in technologies of surveillance, discipline and control have shifted the ways that self-care and governmentality are practiced.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2013 - Present.
  • MA: Media Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2013.
  • BA: Journalism/Media Studies, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Critical Health Studies
  • Film and Television
  • Bioethics
  • Medicalization
  • Mental Health
  • Feminist Theory
  • Reproductive Health
  • Disability Studies
  • Popular Culture
Courses Taught
  • Media Literacy, COMM 3236W
  • Sex, Drugs, and Dante: Media and the Seven Deadly Sins, COMM 3110
  • Introduction to Public Speaking, COMM 1101