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).
Her research primarily explores women’s experiences in learning to use new ICTs as laborers in the developing information societies of Malaysia and India.
McLaughlin 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) and 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 Routledge.
McLaughlin teaches Introduction to Women’s Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Media, Media Globalization, and Gender and Information Technologies in Transnational Cultures. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and mass communication, as well as a Ph.D. in mass communication, all from the University of Iowa.