Feminist Media Critic to Depart UT-Austin Over DEI Ban


by Adam Cahn at texasscorecard.com

As the University of Texas at Austin works to implement Texas’ new ban on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offices in state-funded universities, one professor isn’t sticking around to see the results.

Jennifer McClearen is an assistant professor of radio, television, and film at the Moody College of Communication. Her current course offerings include “Screening Race,” “Gender and Media Culture,” “Feminist Media Studies,” and “Gender and Race in Sports Media.”

According to her biography on the Moody College of Communications website:

Jennifer McClearen is a feminist media scholar whose research examines the cultural production of identity and difference in popular media with a specific interest in sports media industries. She probes the ways sports media defines, perpetuates, or contests discourses of gender, race, sexuality, and nationality through the lenses of feminist theory, cultural studies, sports media industries, and promotional culture studies. She does so by weaving discourse analysis, textual analysis, and ethnographic methods throughout her work. Her research and teaching interests include feminisms in popular culture, intersectionality, Black and Latinx feminist approaches to media, the body and embodiment, transgender identities, digital and participatory culture, branding and consumer culture, neoliberalism, and labor in media industries.