Leah Steuer

Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching Assistant





2153 Vilas Hall

Leah Steuer

Expertise and Activities

Leah Steuer is a PhD candidate in Media & Cultural Studies. She focuses on embodied media reception, exploring how sensation, emotion, and materiality shapes our interpretation of texts. She is interested in affect theory, disability/accessibility, sound studies, and material fan cultures.

She is currently writing a dissertation on somatic reception, exploring various sensorial access points to TV/film spectatorship. The project includes research on:

  • Audience bodies and individualism within cultural studies
  • Food/nourishment and media consumption
  • Disability, perceptual difference, and affective access
  • Sexual expression and experience through fanworks
  • ASMR and body-centered media design

She is currently assisting Prof. Jonathan Gray with a project on streaming TV audiences. She has served as editor-in-chief of Playback and as the editorial assistant for the International Journal of Cultural Studies.


  • CA 100: Introduction to Speech Composition
  • 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)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “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.

Scholarly 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