Professor Emerita of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
Area of expertise:
Uses and effects of electronic media
Media and identity construction/self conception
Michelle Wolf teaches courses in the areas of media literacy, electronic media and social issues, pedagogy, and qualitative audience research. Nine threads run through all of her classes and much of her research: body, class, disability, gender, generation, geography, race/ethnicity/whiteness, religion, and sexual orientation. She has been active in media literacy efforts and issues surrounding electronic media representations of disenfranchised groups since the 1970s, and she conducts qualitative research on media literacy, pedagogy, and the range and diversity of mediated images of groups without power. She is currently completing phase two of a 20-year research project on media, body image, and self-conception by focusing her research on bisexual, gay, and heterosexual men, and women with physical disabilities. An award-winning documentary featuring her early body image research was produced in 1999. In fall 2007 Professor Wolf was the first faculty member on the SF State campus to receive the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award.
Ph.D., Mass Communication Theory, University of Texas, Austin