Prof Levina

Marina Levina


Art & Communication Bldg 227
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Dr Levina's research is based in critical/cultural studies, media studies, and critical rhetoric with the focus on intersectional theoretical frameworks. Dr. Levina has done extensive research in cultural meanings of disease, health, and pandemics, resulting in the book Pandemics and the Media (2015), and in cultural meanings of monstrosity and construction of difference and otherness, resulting in edited collection Monster Culture in the 21st Century (2013). Her research in that area includes an edited collection Biocitizenship: The Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power (2018) and a special journal issue The Silicon Valley Ethos: Tech Industry Products, Discourses, and Practices. Dr. Levina's current research interests are focused on critical rhetoric of health and disease, cultural studies of monstrosity, critical whiteness studies, and affect theory. Her most recent publications include a special journal section Cruelty in the Age of Trump, and articles such as "Whiteness and the Joys of Cruelty," "The Labor of Consent: Affect, Agency, and Whiteness in the Age of #metoo," and "Queering Intimacy, Six-Feet Apart." She is currently working on a follow-up book on pandemic, provisionally titled How to Live Through a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Epidemiology of Whiteness.

Dr. Levina is the Book and Media Review Editor of the Women's Studies in Communication journal and a co-editor of Horror and Monstrosity Studies book series from the University Press of Mississippi.


Ph.D. in Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
M.A. in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
B.A./B.S. in Political Science and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Sample Publications

Biocitizenship: The Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power (co-edited with Kelly Happe and Jenell Johnson) NYU Press, 2018.

Pandemics and the Media, in Global Crises and the Media series, Ed. Simon Cottle. Peter Lang Publications, 2014 (Reviewed in The Communication Review)

Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (first editor, co-edited with Diem-my Bui), Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013. (Reviewed in Choices; CINEJ: Cinema Journal)

Everyday Life in Post-Global Network (first editor, co-edited with Grant Kien), Digital Formations series, Ed. Steve Jones. Peter Lang Publications, 2010. (Reviewed in Information, Culture, and Society; Convergence)

"The Labor of Consent: Affect, Agency, and Whiteness in the Age of #metoo" (with Rachel Dubrofsky) in Critical Studies in Media Communication, 2020.