Lori Lopez

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  • Associate Professor
  • Media and Cultural Studies
Office Hours:
  • Mon 1:30 - 3:30pm. Please email if you plan to stop by.
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My research examines the way that minority groups such as women, racial minorities, and queer communities use media in the fight for social justice. I am interested in struggles to improve the representation of disenfranchised groups within mainstream media, as well as the different ways that grassroots/activist media, digital media, and consumer culture all can play a role in transforming identities and communities. My book Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship (2016, NYU Press) examines the efforts of Asian Americans to impact the way that their community has been represented. Using ethnography, interviews, and archival research, it examines the work of traditional activists who have worked since the 1960s to protest and reform imagery, but also contextualizes the kinds of media activism undertaken by advertising agencies, fans, YouTube artists, and bloggers.

In my work I am dedicated to the blending of scholarship and activism, and highly value collaborations between community organizations and academics. My newest research examines Hmong Americans and the culturally specific ways that they are participating in the production and consumption of digital media, particularly considering the gendered dimensions of Hmong media cultures.


  • Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2012
  • M.A. Indiana University, 2008
  • B.A. Pomona College, 2006


  • Early Career Achievement Award , Association for Asian American Studies , 2017
  • Research-Service Grant , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2017
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities , 2016
  • Outstanding Women of Color Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2015



  • 2017. Routledge Companion to Asian American Media. New York: Routledge .
  • 2016. Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship. New York: NYU Press .


  • 2018. "Bringing Race into Feminist Digital Media Studies." Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research , Dustin Harp, Jaime Loke, and Ingrid Bachmann Palgrave Macmillan .
  • 2018. "ISAtv: YouTube and the Branding of Asian America." From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels , Derek Johnson Routledge .
  • 2017. "Deploying Oppositional Fandoms: Activists’ Use of Sports Fandom in the Redskins Controversy (with Jason Lopez)." Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World , Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss, and C. Lee Harrington NYU Press .
  • 2017. "The Ethics of Visibility: Disability, Race, and the Challenge of Mediated Empowerment." Disability Media Studies: Media, Popular Culture, and the Meanings of Disability , Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick NYU Press .
  • 2016. "Building Digital Bridges: Digital Humanities and the Transformation of Asian American Studies (with Konrad Ng)." The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies , Cindy I-Fen Chen Routledge .
  • 2016. "Asian American Food Blogging as Racial Branding: Rewriting the Search for Authenticity." Global Asian American Popular Cultures , Shilpa Dave, Tasha Oren, and LeiLani Nishime NYU Press .



  • CA 250 - Survey of Contemporary Media
  • CA 347 - Race and Ethnicity in the Media
  • CA 420 - Asian Americans in the Media
  • CA 608 - Gender and Sexuality in the Media
  • CA 950 - Race, Racism and Media (grad seminar)
  • CA 950 - Feminist Media Studies (grad seminar)