Leah Steuer

Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching Assistant




2153 Vilas Hall

Leah Steuer

Office Hours:

  • Thursday 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Expertise and Activities

Leah Steuer is a PhD candidate in Media & Cultural Studies. She focuses on the body’s role in media reception, exploring how TV audiences engage with sensation, touch, and emotion during everyday viewing. She is interested in affective approaches to spectatorship, accessibility, fandom, and sound. Recent projects include:

  • Vision-impaired audiences: audio description and affective access
  • Food re-creation as fannish consumption
  • ASMR culture on YouTube
  • Television re-watching and emotional regulation

She is the editor-in-chief of Playback and has served as the editorial assistant for the International Journal of Cultural Studies.


  • CA 250: Survey of Contemporary Media
  • CA 351: Television Industries
  • CA 451: Television Criticism


  • Peer Mentor Award, 2020 (Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding)
  • Sharon Sites Award, 2018 (Department of Communication Arts)

Articles & Chapters

  • “Taste Culture: Fan Food as Sensorial Play and Pilgrimage.” In Eating Fandom: Intersections Between Fans and Food Cultures, edited by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, Bertha Chin, Julia E. Largent, 163-176. London & New York: Routledge, 2020.
  • “Structural Affects of Soap Opera Fan Correspondence, 1970s–80s.” Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol. 30, 2019, doi:10.3983/twc.2019.1735.

Other Publications

Blog Posts


  • Peabody Awards Screening Committee
    • Podcasts: 2019, 2020
    • Television: 2021
  • Freedom Inc community activism research team, 2020
  • Graduate Student Organization area rep, 2019-2020


  • M.A. Cinema & Media Studies, UCLA, 2017
  • B.A. Pomona College, 2011