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 media studies, sound studies, and material fan cultures.

Her dissertation focuses on sensorial access points to TV/film spectatorship. The project includes research on:

  • Audience bodies and states of solitary viewership
  • Food and media consumption
  • Disability, perceptual difference, and affective access
  • Fanworks and sexual expression
  • ASMR and “body media”

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


  • U.W. Chronic Health Allies Mentorship Program
  • Peabody Awards Screening Committee
    • Podcasts: 2019, 2020
    • Television: 2021
  • Freedom Inc. community activism research team
  • Graduate Student Organization area rep


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