Media & Communication 

Susan Kahlenberg 

Associate Professor, Media & Communication 
Walson 202 


B.A., Muhlenberg College
M.A., University of Delaware
Ph.D., Temple University

Kahlenberg’s research is guided by cultivation theory to consider underlying patterns in television’s stories. These stories are considered in relation to the institutions that create and distribute them and in terms of the potential impact on viewers. She employs content  analysis to systematically and quantitatively measure gender representations on
children’s television programming in a variety of macro-scale samples, including Nickelodeon and Disney networks and spinoff channels, toy commercials airing on the Nickelodeon network, and network prime time television programming. Her research is
published in academic journals and book anthologies, reporting that scripted commercials and television programs are imbued with gender-role stereotypes that maintain social inequalities. Her emerging research reconceptualizes gender and
sexuality in more fluid ways and identifies challenges to traditional gender and sexuality
In recent years, she’s become more interested in issues pertaining to the scholarship of teaching and learning, presenting at regional, national, and international conferences on communication assessment, online and blended learning practices, and
social justice pedagogy. She teaches Media and Society, Media, Theory and Methods, Children and Communication, Media Advocacy, Gender, Communication, & Culture, and Health Communication, supporting interdisciplinary programs in women’s and gender studies and public health, as well as the College’s digital learning initiatives.