Dr. Stephanie Dean
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication & 2020-21 Vacca Chair of Liberal Arts
Strong Hall 133
Dr. Stephanie Dean earned her M.A and Ph.D. in computer mediated communications from HUMLab at Umea University in Sweden. Dean’s dissertation, Beyond the Blog (2013), examines how disperse websites build and maintain community online. Her scholarly work focuses on how digital technologies and immersive media are used to align with or against discourses that form our identities, policies, and understandings of culture(s). Currently, Dean is exploring gender, race and social identity in virtual and augmented reality narratives.
When Dean isn’t teaching courses in digital sociology, media management, script writing, or 360/VR video production, you can find her exploring the southeast by camper conversion, running through caverns, or racing the occasional reindeer.