Mia L Fischer

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After receiving a MA in Communication Studies from the College of Charleston, Mia is currently a PhD candidate and Schochet Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota focusing on Critical Media Studies. Working at the intersections of critical media studies, queer studies, and surveillance studies, Mia’s dissertation explores the representation of transgender people and communities in the media and their surveillance by the U.S. security state, specifically how the oftentimes disparaging media coverage of these individuals is connected to increased state surveillance practices post-9/11. Other research interests include critical analyses of the militarization of popular culture and sports. Her work has appeared in Cultural Studies and The Journal of Sport and Social Issues. In her free time, Mia enjoys cooking, watching soccer, and taking her dog for a hike along the Mississippi. Questions and comments are welcome: fisch792@umn.edu

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD Candidate: Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2011 - Present.
  • MA: Communication Studies, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2010.
  • BA: Communication Studies, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Critical Media Studies, Media Representations of and Uses by LGBT people, Social Media, Media Production,Queer Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Media Production, Social Media, Surveillance Studies, Militarization of Popular Culture.
Courses Taught
  • GWSS 3307 "Feminist Film Studies"
  • COMM 3211 "Introduction to U.S. Electronic Media"
  • COMM 3201 “Intro to Electronic Media Production”
  • COMM3452W “Communication and Intercultural Reentry”
  • COMM 3263W “Media Literacy”
  • COMM 1101 “Public Speaking”
Research & Professional Activities


  • Outfront Minnesota Volunteer: 2015
  • Germanic American Institute, St. Paul, MN Volunteer: 2015
  • Fischer, M. (2015). “#Free_CeCe: The Material Convergence of Social Media Activism.” Feminist Media Studies 16(5) (forthcoming October 2016)
  • Fischer, M. (2015). “Contingent Belonging: Chelsea Manning, Transpatriotism, and Iterations of Empire.” Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society (forthcoming 2016)
  • Fischer, M. (2015). “Under the Ban-Optic Gaze: Chelsea Manning and the State’s Surveillance of Transgender Bodies” in A. Glasbeek, R. Heynen, & E. van der Meulen (Eds.), Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (forthcoming late 2015/early 2016)
  • Fischer, M. (2014). “Commemorating 9/11 NFL-Style: Insights into America’s Culture of Militarism.” Journal of Sport & Social Issues. Pre-published online December, 16, 2013. doi:10.1177/0193723513515889
  • Fischer, M. & Mohrman, K. (2016). “Intersectionality” in D. Merskin & J. G. Golson (Eds.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. (forthcoming 2018)
  • Fischer, M. (2015). “Producing Social Justice PSAs: Fostering Students’ Civic Engagement through Media Production.” Teaching Media Quarterly, 3(3). Available at: http://www.teachingmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/TMQ_3_3_Fischer_2015.pdf
  • Fischer, M. (2013). “September 11 and America’s Sporting Nation.” Cultural Studies, 27(2), 300-302. doi:10.1080/09502386.2012.725061
  • Steven J. Schochet Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship in in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies, 2015-2016
  • SCMS Diversity Travel Grant 2016
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Communication Studies, 2015
  • Council of Graduate Students Travel Award, 2014
  • Steven J. Schochet Best Graduate Paper in GLBT Studies, 2014
  • ICA Larry Gross Travel Award, 2014
  • Nominee, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship , 2014
  • Association for Cultural Studies Travel Award, 2013
  • Shapiro, Howell Smith, Cashman Leadership Award, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication, College of Charleston, 2010
  • Grantee of the German National Academic Foundation, 2008 - 2010
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2007