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Sharon R. Mazzarella

Sharon R. Mazzarella (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  teaches primarily in the areas of media studies, cultural communication, and research methods.  Her research focuses on youth culture and mass media, specifically in the field of Girls’ Studies.

She is editor of four academic anthologies including Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (2010, Peter Lang), 20 Questions about Youth and the Media (2007, Peter Lang), Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (2005, Peter Lang) and the forthcoming The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Vol. 3: Content and Representation (2013, Blackwell). She is co-editor of Growing up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity (1999, Peter Lang).  In addition, she is editor of the book series “Mediated Youth” (Peter Lang)—a series dedicated to publishing cutting-edge academic books on cultural studies of youth, primarily girls. 

She served for five years as founding and lead co-editor of the journal Popular Communication (Taylor and Francis), the official journal of the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Division. Her published articles appear in Popular Music and Society, Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture, Women’s Studies in Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Research, the Journal of Children and Media, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication Quarterly, and Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. At present, she is at work on a large-scale research project examining journalistic constructions of girls, in particular as they relate to a moral panic about girls growing up too fast.


Cover image of a book edited by Sharon Mazzarella

"This compelling sequel to Girl Wide Web expands and enriches our understanding of both girlhood and the Internet during the Web's second generation. Validating girls' media practices around the globe while also complicating notions of agency, literacy, community, and civic engagement via attention to difference, the contributors and their research subjects demonstrate the complex interactions, negotiations and performances of girls' participatory cyberculture."

Mary Celeste Kearney, author of Girls Make Media.