Tara McPherson

Pop culture expert specializing in film and television, media technologies and race and gender in the media

Chair, critical studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Associate professor of critical studies

Associate professor of gender studies, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • race and gender in media
  • popular film and television
  • new technologies, especially the Internet, TiVo, etc.
  • video games and learning
  • regional U.S. studies, especially the South

Additional Information

  • Author of the award-wining Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Place and Femininity in the South (2003)
  • Editor of Hop on Pop: Pleasures and Politics of Popular Culture (2003) and Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a New Vernacular, a multimedia online journal
  • Co-organizer, USC-MIT Race in Digital Space and Interactive Frictions Conferences
  • Board member, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science + Technology Advanced Collaboratory)


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