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Jennifer McClearen
  Entry Year: 2011
  Graduated: Spring 2017
  Degree Program: PhD
  Area of Study: critical-cultural studies, media and representation, and critical intercultural communication
  Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Political Science / B.A. French
  Other Degree: M.A. Intercultural Leadership


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Jennifer McClearen's research draws upon feminist media studies and cultural studies to interrogate the cultural production, representation, and reception of the active body in popular media. In particular, she leverages textual and ethnographic methods to critically probe the changing perspectives on women’s active bodies in 21st-century American television, film, and new media. Her central concern is the way that difference is written on the body and how that encoding is maintained, altered, or contested across a variety of new and legacy media forms. Her research can be found in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, and Politics, and in the edited collection Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture.

In her free time, Jennifer studies martial arts and recommends all grad students try kicking and punching inanimate objects for stress relief.