Media and Cultural Studies
2153 Vilas Hall
- 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.
- “Feeling Forms: ASMR Roleplays and Sensorial Media Reception,” In Media Res (Media Commons), March 2021.
- Popular Culture Dialogue: Material Popular Culture, Popular Culture Studies Journal, February 2021.
- OTW Guest Post, Transformative Works and Cultures, May 2020.
- “DANGEROUS GAME,” Cinematheque, April 2019.
- “Spooky Pedagogy,” Playback, October 2018.
- TINGLES!: New Potentials for Studying the Embodied Audience,” Playback, September 2018.
- THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS,” Cinematheque, September 2018.
- “Visions of Female Nudity on and Beyond ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’,” Playback, March 2018.
- 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