Laurie J Ouellette

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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature .
235A Nicholson Hall

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Laurie Ouellette is jointly appointed as Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, where she is currently Department Chair. She works across the interdisciplinary fields of critical media and cultural studies, with a focus on media and popular culture's role in shaping, governing and regulating bodies, subjectivities and differences (gender, sexuality, race, ability, class). Her recent book Lifestyle TV (2016) draws from social and political theory to situate television as a cultural technology of citizenship, lifestyle, labor and self-making. She also recently co-edited Keywords in Media Studies (2017) with Jonathan Gray, and is currently working on a new book project on Precarity Media. Laurie is co-author of Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship (2008), author of Viewers Like You? How Public Television Failed the People (2002), co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (2009), editor of The Media Studies Reader (2012) and editor of A Companion to Reality Television (2014). Her research has appeared in a range of journals such as European Journal of Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies, Television & New Media, Cinema Journal, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Media, and in edited collections and anthologies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998.
  • M.A.: Media Studies, New School for Social Research, 1993.


  • Media Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Biopolitics and Governmentality
  • Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
  • Precarity, Labor and Class
  • Media Historiography
  • Digital Media and Culture
Courses Taught
  • Feminist Cultural Theory
  • Intro to the Profession: Critical Methods of Research, Pedagogy, and Creative Work in the Humanities
  • New Directions in Media Studies
  • Selfies: Media and the Culture of Me
  • Reality TV: History, Culture and Economics
  • Critical Television Studies
  • Media and Consumer Culture
  • Media Historiography
  • Critical Media Studies: Theory and Method
  • Foucault, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Critical Media Studies
  • Gender and Television
  • Television Genres: The Sitcom
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor: Communication, Culture & Critique
  • Special Issue, Media and the Extreme Right. Ouellette, Laurie, Co-Editor. Link Image
  • Keywords for Media Studies. Ouellette, Laurie, NYU Press, Co-Editor, 2017. Link Image
  • Lifestyle TV. Ouellette, Laurie, Routledge, Author, 2016. Link Image
  • A Companion to Reality Television. Ouellette, Laurie, Editor, 2014. Link Image
  • The Media Studies Reader. Ouellette, Laurie, Routledge, Editor, 2012. Link Image
  • Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship. Ouellette, Laurie, Blackwell, Co-Author, 2008. Link Image
  • Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. Ouellette, Laurie, NYU Press, Co-Editor, 2009. Link Image
  • Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People. Ouellette, Laurie, Columbia University Press, Author, 2002. Link Image
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2018-2019 - 2020-2021