Leigh Moscowitz joined the faculty in the Department of Communication in 2008 having recently completed her Ph.D. from Indiana University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches classes in Mass Media in the Digital Age (COMM 214), which is a gateway course for media studies, as well as a special topics course, Gender in Media (COMM 295). At the graduate level, she teaches a course in Gender, Race, Class and Media (COMM 580), which examines how our media culture contributes to the categorization of our gendered identities, and in particular how they intersect with other social categories such as race, class, sexuality and nationality. In 2009, Dr. Moscowitz won the outstanding teaching award in the department awarded by student leaders from PRSSA and Lambda Pi Eta. She also enjoys directing several independent studies that engage in fascinating research questions concerning the media industries.
Dr. Moscowitz’s courses draw directly from her research, in which she examines the cultural production of news and the politics of media representation. Her dissertation on news coverage of the gay marriage debate was awarded the 2009 Nafzinger-Salwen-White Award for the top dissertation in the field by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Ongoing research projects continue to focus on the various ways gendered and sexual identities are represented in news and popular culture. For example, her current research projects include coverage of child abductions in the news, as well as the televisual production of class and gender in popular shows like Bravo’s Real Housewives. Dr. Moscowitz’s work has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (forthcoming March 2010), and has been featured in top national and international conferences such as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. At the local level, Dr. Moscowitz serves on the curriculum development teach for Chicora Elementary School, a K-5 school selected to be one of the few communication magnet schools in the country at the elementary level.
Prior to joining the College, Dr. Moscowitz enjoyed teaching a variety of classes both at Butler University in Indianapolis and Indiana University in Bloomington in areas such as media and society, women in media, reporting and writing, visual communication, and public speaking. Before returning to graduate school, she coordinated the public relations campaigns and corporate communication strategies for one of the nation’s largest medical software firms, now WebMD. She holds a BA (1995) and an MA (2004) from the Indiana University School of Journalism.
Fun Fact: In 1995, Moscowitz won the collegiate national championship in public speaking for what is called “after dinner speaking,” a humorous yet poignant speech that engages the audience and makes its point through comedy. In some circles she was known for a while as “the funniest woman in America,” though if her ask her students now, that title no longer pertains.
Ph.D., Indiana University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication
B.A. and M.A., Indiana University School of Journalism
Honors and Awards
- 2009 Nafzinger-Salwen-White Award for the top dissertation in the field by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication