Jennifer McClearen is a feminist media scholar whose work examines the cultural production of difference in contemporary society with an emphasis on the mediation of gender, race, and sexuality in sports media. In the classroom, she blends theory and practice to train students to critically analyze and produce media culture.
Dr. McClearen is currently writing her first book, Branded Difference: Promoting Female Athletes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is under advance contract with the Studies in Sports Media Series with the University of Illinois Press with an expected publication date in spring 2020. Her research can also be found in the International Journal of Communication, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, and Politics; Feminist Media Studies, and in the edited collections Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture and New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times.
She is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Sports Communication and Media at UT and a diversity scholar with the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.
Dr. McClearen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on gender, race, and sexuality in film and television as well as courses focused specifically on sports media.