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. 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.


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


  • Sharon Sites Award, 2018


  • “Structural Affects of Soap Opera Fan Correspondence, 1970s–80s.” Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol. 30, 2019, doi:10.3983/twc.2019.1735.



  • Peabody Awards Screening Committee, 2019 & 2020
  • Graduate Student Organization rep, 2019-2020


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