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Elizabeth Patton


Elizabeth Patton is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies. She received her PhD in 2013 from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She conducts research and writes about historical representations of gender and race in television and film, representations of urbanism and suburbanism in popular culture, and the impact of communication technologies on space and place.

 Her dissertation, “(Home)work and the Bedroom-Study: Work, Leisure and Communication Technology,” investigated the socioeconomic significance of market-based work and the introduction of communication technology in private spaces within the home. Elizabeth is co-editor and contributor to Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Domestic Relationships (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2014). The book focuses on housework as a key aspect of domestic life through discourse and media representations in popular culture by examining changes in rhetoric and imagery from TV, film, and magazines from the postwar period to the present. Elizabeth’s research can also be found in the Encyclopedia of Identity (Sage Publications, 2010) and in the journal of Media History.