Sarah Banet-Weiser

Expert in children and the media, race and gender, beauty pageants and body image

Associate professor of communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Associate, USC Gender Studies Program


  • gender and media
  • contemporary American culture
  • race and popular culture
  • gender and popular culture
  • nationalism and popular culture
  • American television
  • American film
  • children and media
  • children and popular culture
  • beauty pageants
  • body image
  • Nickelodeon
  • sports and gender
  • children’s citizenship and identity
  • feminist theory
  • cultural studies
  • youth culture
  • culture and communication

Additional Information

  • Author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (1999)
  • Author of  Authentic: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture. It was the winner of the 2012 International Communication Association’s Outstanding Book Award. Also published in 2012 was Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (New York University Press), co-edited with Roopali Muhkerjee.
  • She has published articles in the academic journals Critical Studies and Media Communication, Feminist Theory, the International Journal of Communication, and Television and New Media, among others. She co-edited a book series with New York University Press, “Critical Cultural Communication,” from 2006-2012, and was the editor of American Quarterly from 2010-2014.


  • In Other Words: American Quarterly Sound Clash

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