Essays in Honor of Larry Gross
Edited By Paul Messaris and David W. Park
Larry Gross is one of the most influential figures in the history of media studies. In this collection of original essays, his former students reflect on his groundbreaking contributions to three major developments: the emergence of visual studies as a distinct field of media theory and research; the analysis of media fiction as a symbol of power structures and a perpetuator of social inequalities; and the growing scholarly attention to the relationships between mass media and sexual minorities.
Derek Bousé studied under (and was teaching assistant to) Larry Gross at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (MA ’89; PhD ’91). He is the author of Wildlife Films (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000).
Traci Gillig is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She studies the psychological mechanisms, social factors, and intervention features influencing the health and well-being of youth, as well as the effects of mediated representations of individuals from diverse, underrepresented groups on attitudes toward people and policies. Traci’s recent projects have been published in journals such as Sex Roles, Human Communication Research, and the International Journal of Communication. Her work has also been featured in major media outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek. Organizations such as the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences have funded Traci’s research, and the National Science Foundation awarded her a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.
David Gudelunas is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa. He completed his PhD under the direction of Larry Gross at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He is the author of Confidential to America: Newspaper Advice Columns and Sexual Education (Transaction, 2008) and co-editor of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture (Palgrave, 2017).
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