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 the Media & Cultural Studies division of Communication Arts. Her work engages the body as primary site of media reception, framing fandom in terms of sensation, emotion, and touch. She is interested in affective/somatic approaches to audience studies, transformative fanworks, sound, and haptic media. 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.


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


  • Sharon Sites Award, 2018



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