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The Director


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 or co-editor of five academic books including the recently published Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (Peter Lang, 2010).  Her published articles appear in Popular Music and Society, Popular Communication, 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.