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Laurel Friedman

Laurel  Friedman

Office: CIS 3038
Phone: 813-974-2145

Laurel Friedman is a trained photographer with an interdisciplinary background rooted in critical communication studies. She examines the shifting discourses and practices that have shaped illness and disease across time and place. Her current work considers how disease control is negotiated within Southern California through an examination of the practices and discourses of local public health infrastructures and the frictions between globally mandated tuberculosis protocols and the efforts of local agencies. Bringing together ethnographic observation of public health practices in Southern California with research on tuberculosis control policy, Laurel engages the moments of possibility that exist within and beyond formally disseminated protocols, including better accounting for the experiences of communities who are often excluded from the conversation altogether.

Undergraduate Course Offerings



Friedman, L. (In preparation). Global Health Discourse Protocols in a Community Context: Communicating Locally about Tuberculosis. Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication. New York, NY: Routledge.


University of California, San Diego Ph.D. in Communication, 2016 Dissertation: Control, Cure, and Prevention: Situating Global Response to Tuberculosis in San Diego County

University of California, San Diego Communication, 2009

University of South Florida B.A. in Liberal Studies with Distinction, 2005 Concentrations: Anthropology, Communication, Photography

South East Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College A.S. in Photography, 2001



Critical Health Communication and Qualitative Methods