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Lisa Brooten Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television, and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Ohio University, 2003
Office: COMM 1050G


Lisa Brooten holds a Ph.D. in international telecommunications and an MAIA in international development studies from Ohio University. After years working in community radio in Philadelphia and a professional stint in radio production with the show "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" distributed by National Public Radio, she spent nearly seven years living and working in Southeast Asia, both in rural areas home to refugees and in cosmopolitan cities. After this, she began formal research on the media of the region. Her work has focused especially on Burmese independent media in opposition to the country's military dictatorship, and on Southeast Asian regional media reform efforts; on media representations of gender and race; on human rights and the militarization of everyday culture; and more generally on alternative media and social movements.

In 2008, Dr. Brooten conducted research under a Fullbright Fellowship on media reform efforts in Thailand and the Philippines. Her work has been published in the Asian Journal of Communication, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Journal of Communication Inquiry. Journal of Children and Media, International Journal of Comic Art and the National Women's Studies Association Journal, as well as in several edited books and reference works.


  • RT 200 - Introduction to Electronic Media
  • RT 393 - Electronic Media in Society
  • RT 489 - Gender and/in Media
  • RT 489 / MCMA 497 - Gender, Media and Militarization
  • MCMA 534 - Qualitative Methods in Communication Research


Media and globalization, gender, alternative media, social movements, political communication, interpretive/critical research methods, ethnography.