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Adrienne Shaw is an Assistant Professor in Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production, a member of the School of Media and Communication graduate faculty, and is part of the government-funded CYCLES team.

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From 2011-2015 she served as Co-Chair of the International Communication Association’s LGBTQ Studies Special Interest Group.

She received her PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University ofPennsylvania, where she studied the intersections of new media, minority representation, and qualitative audience research.

Her research and teaching focus on

  • popular culture
  • representations of gender & sexuality
  • cultural production and qualitative audience research
  • video games & gaming culture
  • identity and community construction via media consumption

Her article “What is Video Game Culture?: Cultural Studies and Game Studies” was Games and Culture’s most downloaded article in 2010. It is freely available here.

*Photo credit Justin Dowdall, taken at 2013 NCA conference in Washington, D.C.