Media and Cultural Studies
2153 Vilas Hall
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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)
- “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.
- Guest Post: Scholar Spotlight & Interview, Transformative Works and Cultures, May 2020.
- “DANGEROUS GAME: Review,” Cinematheque, April 2019.
- “Spooky Pedagogy: Interactive Teaching Tools,” Playback, October 2018.
- Tingles!: ASMR and New Potentials for Studying the Embodied Audience,” Playback, September 2018.
- THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Review,” 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