Lauren M Weinzimmer

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Dept of Communication Studies
Room 225 FordH
224 Church St SE


Lauren Weinzimmer is a PhD Candidate with a concentration in Critical Media Studies. Her dissertation explores gendered and racialized digital labor as it pertains to YouTube content creation with particular focus on YouTube beauty content. Through interviews, case studies, and discourse analysis, Weinzimmer's disseration examines YouTube beauty vlogging as an industrial practice that can be situated within broader discussions about flexible labor and the gig economy. Her Master's thesis looked specifically at MTV's teen pregnancy programming and how the girls featured by the network were constructed as failing to adhere to the standards of postfeminist womanhood.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies - Critical Media Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2018.
  • M.A.: Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2014.
  • B.A. (Double): Communication and English Literature, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.
Courses Taught
  • COMM 3231 - Reality TV: History, Culture, and Economics
  • COMM 3263W - Media Literacy
  • COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking
  • “Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in An Age of Austerity.”Feminist Media Studies. 15.6 (2015): 1058-1060.
  • Weinzimmer, Lauren. “Gender and Connected (After-School) Learning: Understanding ‘Can-Do’ Girlhood (Parts 1 and 2).”Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN) Blog. July 2, 2013.
  • Weinzimmer, Lauren. “Public Service for Whom? Teen Pregnancy on Television and Beyond.”Flow 18(1). July 1, 2013.