Research and Creative Activity Coordinator
As Research and Creative Activity Coordinator, Megan Connor works with the Institute for Communication Research in the Media School to facilitate new and ongoing research. She also works with groups across campus to support faculty in identifying and applying for research grants.
Megan received her BA from Indiana University with a double major in English and Communication & Culture and her MA in Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She graduated from the Media School’s PhD program in 2022.
Megan’s research interests include girls’ media, celebrity, and fandom. Her dissertation used an archive of teen magazines such as Seventeen and Teen Vogue to explore the construction and promotion of celebrity girlhood in the 2000s as an idealized form of youthful femininity. Megan is the co-editor of Fandom, The Next Generation (University of Iowa Press, August 2022) an edited collection that explores the impact of long-running media franchises on generations of fans using a range of media case studies and methodologies.