STEPHANIE BROWN

Education   |   Teaching and Mentorship   |   Research

Service and Volunteer Work  |   
Public Engagement |   Related Work Experience

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, Media and Communications
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2017                  
Minor Concentration: Gender and Women’s Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Dissertation title: “Discursive Laughter: Gender, Authenticity and Gatekeeping in Stand-Up Comedy”
Committee: CL Cole, Cameron McCarthy, Julie Turnock, Angharad Valdivia (Chair)

M.A. Television, Radio, and Film
May 2008
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

B.A. English                                                                                  
May 2007
Minor: Telecommunications
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

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TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP

Sex and Gender in Popular Media                                                      
Instructor,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

  • Co-instructor of record for upper-level media studies class of 80 students cross listed in Gender and Women’s Studies taken by a variety of majors from across the university
  • Design innovative syllabus that stressed media practice in addition to gender, feminist and queer theory including several blog assignments and final podcast group project
  • Utilize classroom technology and instructional web tools to meet student learning goals including iClicker, Blackboard, and Googleslides

Graduate Mentor,
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

  • Guide an undergraduate student apprentice through their own research project related to my dissertation work
  • Oversee apprentice’s final research presentation at the University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium at the close of the semester
  • Completed university mentorship certificate program

 Participant, Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar                                           
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 Spring 2017

  • Attended 2-day workshop aimed at strengthening writing instruction in undergraduate courses throughout the university
  • Nominated by head of the ICR to participate

Sex and Gender in Popular Media (Online Course)                     
Teaching Assistant,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Summer 2016/Winter 2016

  • Graded online message board discussions, quizzes, and weekly writing assignments for an online summer course.
  • Maintained course web portal and fixed technical issues
  • Wrote several lectures, assisted writing reading quizzes, communicated with students

Introduction to Popular Film and Television                                                      
Head Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Spring 2016

  • Led 3 discussion sections of introductory media studies course of 30 students each
  • Facilitated and helped guide fellow teaching assistants with little previous teaching experience with planning their sections
  • Clarified group projects, writing assignments, and class material with students through use of technology, additional media examples, and group discussion
  • Drew on media production background to assist students with final video projects

Popular Culture                                                                                                                 
Instructor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2015

  • Instructor of record for upper-level media studies course of 50 students
  • Designed syllabus and created innovative web writing assignments to supplement tests and final research paper
  • Created website which contained all course information and a blog to which students contributed to throughout the semester

Media Literacy
Instructor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

  • Instructor of record for intro level media studies course of 15-25 students
  • Designed syllabus and revised each semester to strengthen pedagogical

Introduction to Popular Film and Television
Instructor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Summer 2014

  • Instructor of record for intensive four -week summer course of 30 students
  • Redesigned semester syllabus and video production project to adhere to time    constraints 

Introduction to Popular Film and Television                                        
Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 Fall 2012- Spring 2013

  • Responsible for grading 100 students weekly writing assignments and final projects in an entry level course of 300 students
  •  Met once a week with professor and teaching assistants to plan assignments, class projects, and tests

The Wire: A Case Study                                                                                         
Teaching Assistant,
Syracuse University
Spring 2008

  • Graded assignments, took attendance, helped lead discussion in an upper-level television studies course

Advanced Filmmaking
Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University
Spring 2008

  • Graded assignments, took attendance, helped guide student proejcts in senior capstone film class
  • Planned and facilitated film festival showcasing students’ final projects

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PUBLICATIONS

 “Overexposed”: The Intersection of Fame and Feminism in Amy Schumer’s Sketch Comedy,” in Taking a Stand: American Stand-up Comedians as Public Intellectuals, edited by Peter Kunze and Jared Champion. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Mock-upy Wall Street: The Changing Relationship Between Satire and Activism in Late-Night Television,” in Studies in American Humor: Postmodern Satire, edited by Judith Yaross Lee and Tracy Wuster. Forthcoming.

“Post-Truth, Satire, and Postmodern Critique” In Media Res. 31. Jan 2017. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2017/01/28/post-truth-satire-and-postmodern-critique

“That’s Not Funny! Cultural Capital and Comedic Critique”
In Media Res. 6 June 2016. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2016/06/06/s-not-funny-cultural-capital-and-comedic-critique

Book Review, Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice, edited by Peter Dickinson, Anne Higgins, Paul Matthew St. Pierre, Diana Solomon, and Sean Zwagerman. Studies in American Humor. Fall 2016.

Book Review, Digital Labor: The Internet as Factory and Playground, edited by Trebor Scholz. Transformative Works and Cultures. Vol 15 (2014). http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/551/412

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CONFERENCE and WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

 “Screening Sexual Assault on Switched At Birth: Network Branding and the Cultural Work of Teen Dramas,” Console-ing Passions Feminist Media Studies Conference, Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, June 2016.

 “The Pleasures and Perils of Humor Scholarship,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Workshop Participant. Atlanta GA, March 2016.

“Gendered Taste Cultures and Comedic Distinction: Or Why Nobody watched Oxygen’s Funny Girls,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

  “Critical Film Studies: Community as Pop Culture Pedagogy,” on the panel “#SixSeasonsAndAMovie: Community and/as Television’s Past, Present and Future, ” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Panel Organizer and Panelist. Montreal, Canada, March 2015.

  “Graduate Student Teaching: Politics and Practical Advice,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Workshop Participant. Montreal, Canada, March 2015
“Constructing, Deconstructing, Reconstructing: Mental Disorders, the Self, and Identity,” National Communication Association Conference, Roundtable Participant. Chicago, IL, November 2014

 “Points!: How Comedy Central’s @Midnight Is Winning Television Late-Night Through Social Media Fan Engagement,” Film and History Conference. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, October 2014

 “Reconsidering Formal Analysis,” Roundtable Participant and Convener, FLOW Television Conference. University of Texas, Austin, TX, September 2014.

“It’s OK, Some of my Best Friends are Comedians: The Rape Joke Debate, Authority, and Feminist Comedic Credibility.” Console-ing Passions Feminist Media Studies Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, April 2014.

 “ ‘A Waiting Room that Doesn’t Suck: Negotiations of Agency, Authenticity, and Community in The Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Seattle, WA, March 2014

“Mockupy Wallstreet: The Daily Show, Social Activism, and The Limits of Mainstream Political Satire,” The Union for Democratic Communications Conference. University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, October 2013.

“ ’It’s My Way ‘Til Payday,’ Audience and Excess and on 30 Rock’s ‘Queen of Jordan,’” Reality Gendervision: A Conference on Sexuality and Gender on Reality. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, April 2013.

 “Mockupy Wallstreet: Protest, Dissent, and The Limits of Mainstream Satire,” Neoliberalism 2.0: Technologies, Power, and Resistance Across Border. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, April  2013.

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SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER WORK

Co-Founder, Girls Amplified
Fall 2014-Present

  • Collaborated with a partner to design and pilot an after-school program for high school girls focused on theater, storytelling, performance, and media literacy.
  • Conduct local outreach to partner with teachers and schools to run pilot programs

Doctoral Cohort Representative
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

  • Represented my doctoral cohort at department meetings and served as a liaison between department heads and my classmates.
  • Helped plan annual mini-workshop for department and graduate students

 Research Coordinator, Education Justice Project
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Spring 2015

  • Served as a coordinator for group of conducting and sharing research in conjunction with EJP, an organization working to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities
  • Coordinated meetings of the EJP Research Group, updated EJP research policy, assembled and led committee to disperse travel grants.

Writing Partner, Education Justice Project                                          
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

  • Provided writing assistance and instructional support 8-10 evenings per semester to students taking University of Illinois courses at Danville Correctional Center.

Guest Speaker, “What’s Up DOCC? Feminism and Technology”
October 9, 2013
Teaching with Technology Brown Bag
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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AWARDS

Haas Dissertation Fellowship                                                                                  
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Spring 2016

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent
                        
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

 Summer Research Fellowship                                                                               
Institute of Communications Research
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2014, 2016

 Conference Travel Award                                                                                       
Institute of Communications Research
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
20132016

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Agents’ and President’s Assistant
Vox Inc, Los Angeles, CA
Fall 2009 – Spring 2011

Producers’ Assistant
Sam Hurwitz Productions, Los Angeles, CA
Spring – Summer 2009        

Artist Liaison
The New York Television Festival, New York, NY
Summer – Fall 2008

Production Assistant                                                                                  
Cupid Pilot-ABC Studios, Long Island, NY
Summer 2008

Television Columnist, “Home Viewer,”
Table Hopping, Syracuse, NY
Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Producer, Broad Comedy
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois                    
                                    
Fall 2016-Present

  • Co-Produce and perform in a bi-weekly stand-up comedy and spoken word open mic whose mission is to increase the visibility of local women, women-identifying, non-binary, and agender performers and comics.

Associate Producer, Aca-Media Podcast
Spring 2016 – Present

  • Assist with the production of monthly podcast produced by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies covering current research in the field and issues in university teaching

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