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 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)
- “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.
- “Spooky Pedagogy: Interactive Teaching Tools“
- Tingles!: ASMR and New Potentials for Studying the Embodied Audience“
- “Visions of Female Nudity on and Beyond ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’“
- THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Review“
- “DANGEROUS GAME: Review“
- 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