Mary Alice Adams

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Mary Alice AdamsMary Alice Adams is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film. She received a master’s degree in mass communication from Bowling Green State University. Mary Alice received a doctorate in communication with an emphasis in American culture studies from the University of Alabama. Her dissertation, “Seen on the Screen: he Cinematic Conceptualization of Culture in Reagan’s America” is a rhetorical analysis of the socio-cultural appeals found in American teen films of the 1980s.

Mary Alice is the author of the chapter “Traversing the Transcape: A Brief Historical Etymology of Trans* Terminology.” from “Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories.” She is also the author of the mass media entry in the “Encyclopedia of Gender and Media.” Her reviews have appeared in the “Popular Culture Studies Journal,” the “Journal of Language and Social Psychology,” and “IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.” Mary Alice has presented research papers at the annual meetings for the National Communication Association, the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the Southern States Communication Association, and the Michigan Academy. Additionally, she has also worked as a freelance writer and copy editor for Gale Research.

Mary Alice’s research interests include the social effects of the media, the mediated construction of identity, the mediated construction of culture, material culture studies, and visual rhetoric.