Lisa McLaughlin

Contact Information

photo of Lisa McLaughlin146 Williams Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3547
On Leave 2021-2022


Associate Professor
Media, Journalism, and Film; Global and Intercultural Studies (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)


PhD, University of Iowa
MA, University of Iowa
BA, University of Iowa


Dr. McLaughlin teaches WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's Studies; WGS 461 - Gender, Sexuality, and Media; MAC 212 - Media, Representation, and Society; MAC 446 - Media Globalization; and Gender and Information Technologies in Transnational Cultures.


Lisa McLaughlin's scholarship focuses on feminist networks and transnational public spheres, women's work in information technology fields, gender, and information and communication technology (ICT) for development, and gender and global media and communications governance. For many years, she has conducted research on policy-making practices related to women's access to, and effective use of, ICT at intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

McLaughlin's research primarily explores women's experiences in learning to use new ICTs as laborers in the developing information societies of Malaysia and India. She is co-editor (with Cynthia Carter) of Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies (Routledge, 2013) and The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (with Cynthia Carter and Linda Steiner, 2013).

Dr. McLaughlin also is author of numerous articles and chapters in journals and edited books. For 16 years, she was editor of the international, peer-reviewed Feminist Media Studies, a journal that she initiated with the publisher Routledge in 1997. Currently, McLaughlin is completing a book titled Global Communications and Transnational Public Spheres, to be published by Polity press in 2016.

Other Activities

In collaboration with feminist economist Dr. Susan Feiner, McLaughlin was able to fund a one-year project titled the Women's Media Equity Collaborative through the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) Large Grant Competition. She held a "short-term scholar-in-residence" position at the University of Vienna Department of Communication. She also held an appointment as a visiting faculty fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies after applying to The University of Queensland Grant Program for International Collaborative Research, a competitive program which, at that time, supported one scholar per year.

McLaughlin is a pro bono consultant to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada and IT for Change in Bangalore, India. She has been a Civil Society/Information Society consultant to the OECD for several years. Additionally, she is a member of the taskforce representing the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the latter of which directs the Research Sub-Committee for the new United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiative titled the Global Alliance on Media and Gender.

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