Elizabeth Ellcessor

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • Office:
    Franklin Hall 0030H
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    media access, disability, digital media, cultural studies, celebrity, media activism, civic media,


    Elizabeth Ellcessor works at the intersection of cultural, media, and disability studies. Her research and teaching interests include media history, access, and literacy, as well as social media, participatory culture, celebrity and performance of the self, media convergence, the construction of the public, and representations of dis/ability. She is an affiliate faculty member in the department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Cultural Studies program.

    More information is at her website.

    Courses Recently Taught

    F334 Media Participation and Convergence
    D337 New Media
    F420 Media History (US Television History)
    F552 Critical Industry Studies 
    F620 Digital Media Access

    Selected Publications

    Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (NYU Press, 2016).

    "'One Tweet to Make So Much Noise': Connected Celebrity Activism in the Case of Marlee Matlin," New Media & Society (2016). doi:10.1177/1461444816661551  

    “Cyborg Hoaxes: Disability, Deception, and Critical Studies of Digital Media.“ New Media & Society (2016). doi:10.1177/1461444816642754

    “Is There a Sign for That? Sign Language Interpretation and the Visibility of Access.” Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. 23:4 (2015). 586-598.

    "Blurred lines: Accessibility, disability, and definitional limitations" First Monday. 20:9 (2015).

    “<ALT=”Textbooks”>: Web Accessibility Myths as Negotiated Industrial Lore” Critical Studies in Media Communication. 31:5 (2014)

    “Tweeting @feliciaday: Online Social Media, Convergence and the Subcultural Stardom of Felicia Day.” Cinema Journal. 51:2 (2012). 46-66.