Katherine M Bell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication

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Faculty Coordinator The Pioneer http://thepioneeronline.com/

Graduate Program Coordinator

Professional Focus

Critical media studies, consumer culture, industrial and everyday celebrity, representation of race, gender, sexuality and class in traditional and online media, journalism studies


  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • MA York University


Winter Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
COMM 255001Queer CulturesW6:00PM9:30PMMI-3015Hayward Campus View Books
COMM 450001Gend Ident Represent in MediaMW2:00PM3:50PMAE-1203Hayward Campus View Books
COMM 689901ProjectARRARRHayward Campus View Books
COMM 690001Independent StudyARRARRHayward Campus View Books
COMM 691002University ThesisARRARRHayward Campus View Books


2015. “Raising Africa? Celebrity and the Rhetoric of the White Saviour.” In Celebrity Philanthropy. Intellect Press (Elaine Jeffries & Paul Allatson, eds.) (Refereed). An earlier (2013) version in the peer-reviewed journal PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. 10(1). http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal/article/view/3185

2014. Feature Article, “The Media’s Tipping Point: Covering Gender is the next Frontier.” In Media Morals (September). Stephen J.A. Ward, ed. http://mediamorals.org/the-medias-tipping-point-covering-gender-is-the-next-frontier/.

2013. Affective Expertise: The Journalism Ethics of Celebrity Sourcing. In Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives, 214-234. Wiley-Blackwell. (Stephen J.A. Ward, ed).

2011. “’A Delicious Way to Help Save Lives’: Race, Commodification and Celebrity in Product (RED)”, in Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4(3), 163-180. (Refereed).

2011. Feature article, “Weinergate: Sexting, Lies and the Mediascape,” in Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen (July).  http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/2011/07/09/weinergate-sexting-lies-and-the-mediascape/.

2009. “Against Technologization: Young People’s New Media Discourse as Creative Cultural Practice,” pp 1038-1049, in Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 14(4). With Crispin Thurlow.

2009. Feature article, “Turning Dreams to Shame: Susan Boyle’s Les Miz,” in Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen (July) http://www.journalismethics.ca/feature_articles/susan_boyle.html.

2008. Book review, Asper Nation: Canada’s Most Dangerous Media Company by Marc Edge, pp 919-921 in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(4).

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