Ms Diane L Cormany

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Room 321 Murphy Hall
206 Church St SE


My dissertation evaluates how financial news media interact with markets through processes of circulation. I bridge the historic divide between theories of affect as pure movement and affect as ideological by demonstrating how media may direct sensation. This theoretical innovation unearths how media constructs financial markets through uneven currents, though audiences may not always respond as directed. My project comprises case studies of The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace on National Public Radio, and The Closing Bell on CNBC. Through close readings of each, I analyze genre-specific aesthetics as they interact with markets. My research is in conversation with media scholars who study aesthetics in the context of the media industry, including John Caldwell, Kevin Barnhurst, and John Nerone. When taken together, these case studies move different imagined investing audiences within a single market. Beyond my dissertation, I have also researched the affective registers of Suze Orman, who utilizes post-feminist discourses of individuality to naturalize the inequality of the personal finance industry. My future research plans include exploring the contested discourses of economic recovery across mainstream news outlets. It is critical to examine these discourses while recovery is tentative in order to imagine new and more equitable futures.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies/Critical Media, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2011-present.
  • M.A.: Communication Studies/Critical Media, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2011.
  • B.A.: English & Humanities, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Media literacy and visual literacy
  • communication and culture
  • News writing, feature and magazine writing, interactive journalism, creative non-fiction, curriculum development
  • Television Studies
  • media graphics
  • feminist media and cultural studies
Courses Taught
  • Visual Communication (Jour 3006)
  • Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages (Comm 3263)
  • Introduction to Media Production (Comm 3210)
  • Analysis of Argument (Comm 1313)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association: The Affective Flows of Financial Media , November 2014
  • Society for Cinema Media Studies: Suze Orman, Cruel Optimism as Post-feminism , March 21, 2014
  • National Communication Association: The Greek Debt Crisis and the Making of Place , Nov. 20, 2013
  • Doing Rhetoric at the U: Globalization Through Journalistic Frames , April 26, 2013
  • Crossroads in Cultural Studies: Coachella Fans: The Online Production of a Pilgrimage Place , July 2, 2012
  • Cormany, D. (2015). Coachella Fans, Online and Translocal. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 27(2), 184-198.
  • Cormany, D. (2013) Mobile Technology's Affective Reach: Work’s Intimacy, by Melissa Gregg (book review). Cultural Studies.
  • Cormany, D. (2013). Executive compensation. In EBSCO Research Starters. New York: Golson Media.
  • Old Buffalo Doctoral Research Award, University of Minnesota, June 2013
  • Travel Award. The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), July 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Macalester College