Amanda McClain

PhD

Coordinator for Arts & Communications/Assistant Professor of Communications
Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Media and Communication Temple University, 2010
MA, Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media, Temple University, 2005
BA, Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2001

Courses Taught

COMM 202 Communication Theory
COMM 220 Communication and Culture
COMM 230 Introduction to Journalism
COMM 240 Television and Society
COMM 247 American Popular Culture
COMM 325 Digital Media
COMM 432 Multi-Media Storytelling
COMM 450/451 Cooperative Education
ENGL 115 Public Speaking

Teaching Focus or Philosophy

My primary teaching goal is to transform students into critical thinkers and effective communicators by connecting course material to everyday life. This stimulates students to question communication, culture, and themselves. Students learn to interrogate cultural standards and their own roles in society, as well as recognize communication norms.

Publications

McClain, A. (2013). Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

McClain, A. (2013). The Kardashian Phenomenon: News Interpretation. Media Report to Women. 41, (3).

McClain, A. (2013). Keeping Up with Contradictory Family Values: The Voice of the Kardashians. In K. M. Ryan and D. A. Macey (Eds.), Television and the Self: Knowledge, Identity and Media Representation (pp. 135-147). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

McClain, J. and McClain, A. (2013). Music Television. In J. Edmondson (Ed.), Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Stories, Styles and Stars that Shaped our Culture Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

McClain, J. and McClain, A. (2012). American Bandstand. In C. Mires (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Rutgers University, Camden: Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. Available at http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org

McClain, A. (2011). American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

McClain, A. (2010). From Wordnerds to the Aussie Posse: Collective Identity on the American Idol Message Boards. In Lemi Baruh and Ji Hoon Park (Eds.), Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse (pp. 134-150). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Awards and Honors

AEJMC Annual Conference, 2013
• Second Place Faculty Paper, Entertainment Studies Interest Group
Co-authored: McClain, J. and McClain, A.
Music Television Online: Pitchfork Weekly and the Ideology of Consumerism

Popular /American Culture Conference, 2008

• Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant
American Idol: Stereotypes and collective identities

Temple University, 2005-2009
• University Fellowship

 

Additional Info

Amanda S. McClain's first book, American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses, explores how the long-running reality competition transforms authentic, average people into celebrities as well as investigates online audience community. Her second book, Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality, researches how the famous clan utilizes traditional and social media to create saleable celebrity. Both books can be found here: amazon.com/author/amandamcclain

McClain has presented numerous papers at national organization conferences, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. She is the Co-Chair of the Television Studies area for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Chair of the Television Studies area for the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association. McClain's research interests include reality TV, social media, celebrity, communication theory, narrative, and media representations of women.

Amanda McClain
Contact
Office: 209 ETC
Phone: 267-341-3444