Niki Fritz is a doctoral student in the Media School focusing on mass communication effects. Her research interest is in sexual socialization through media including sexual objectification, agency, and behaviors. Her research thus far has investigated objectification in video games, mainstream pornography, and feminist pornography. Niki hopes to also investigate how sexual agency is depicted in media and how different sexual narratives might shape behavior depending on personality traits and/or environmental states.
Lynch, T., Tompkins, J. E., van Driel, I. I., & Fritz, N. (2016). An analysis of female videogame protagonists from 1985 to 2014. Journal of Communication.
Fritz, N. (June 2016). From cum shots to cunnilingus, the agentic and objectifying scripts of Feminist and Mainstream pornography. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Feminist Scholarship Division, Fukuoka, Japan.
Lynch, T., Tompkins, J. E., van Driel, I. I., & Fritz, N. (February 2015). An analysis of female videogame protagonists from 1985 to 2014. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Mass Communication Division, Las Vegas, United States. Rewarded top student paper.