Lora Taub-Pervizpour
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Technology, Youth and Consumer Culture

Lora Taub-Pervizpour's work explores the links between communication and consumer culture, focusing in particular on new information technologies and youth. Much of her thinking on these issues emerges from her long-term ethnographic research on the socio-cultural impacts of computers in the lives of children and teachers in an elementary school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She explores related topics of communication and commodification in the context of higher education in a co-authored chapter titled, "Networking the North American Higher Education Industry," in Continental Order: Integrating North America for Cybercapitalism. Her chapter exploring qualitative research on media audiences recently appeared in Television Studies. Together with Susan Leggett she is at work on a book titled, "Critical Communication and Community in an Era of Digital Capitalism." She teaches Media & Society, Documentary Research, Popular Culture, Children and Media, and New Information Technologies.