Susan Ericsson

Susan Ericsson

  • Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media
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    Lentz Hall 328B

    Susan Ericsson has been instructing a range of analytic media studies and production courses in the Chicago area for over a decade and joined Carthage College as a visiting assistant professor of communication and digital media in 2021.

    Susan Ericsson earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in radio, television, and film in 2009; she holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.

    She has substantial experience working with and teaching people with wide-ranging backgrounds and identities and places diversity at the forefront of her classes. She embraces traditional and alternative forms of education and encourages students to contribute to the learning goals of her classes.

    • B.S. – Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University
    • M.A. – Communication, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
    • Ph.D. – Radio, Television and Film, Northwestern University
    • CDM 2600 New Media Theory and Aesthetics
    • CDM 2620 Film Analysis
    • CDM 2700 Film and New Media Production
    • CDM 3320 Screenwriting
    • CDM 3450 Mass Communication

    Her areas of research include film and visual studies, documentary theory, sexual representation, and cultural studies. Her documentary production work includes educational videos that look critically at media such as “Tough Guise,” “Reviving Ophelia” and “Killing Us Softly 3.” Additionally, she works on short fiction films and internet-based multimedia projects.

    Her work has received American Library Association honors, has been awarded various grants, and has screened at a range of venues such as the South By Southwest Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the United Nations.

    • “Sexual Innocence and Film: A Look at Scholarship on Virginity.” Jump Cut 53, (Summer 2011).

    • “Raw Exposure: Portrayals of Youth Sexuality in Contemporary US Documentary.” Film International 36, (November 2008): 51-61.

    • “Unstable Boundaries: Sex, Academic Research and Conceptions of Normalcy.” Jump Cut 49, (Spring 2007).