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Rachel E. Dubrofsky
Associate Professor (and Affiliated Associate Professor, Departments of Humanities & Cultural Studies and Women's & Gender Studies)

Rachel E.  Dubrofsky

critical/cultural studies, media studies, gender, race, digital media, reality TV, surveillance

Office: CIS 3040

Dr. Dubrofsky was a visiting assistant professor in the department for 2006-2007 and joined the department full time in August 2007. Her research focuses on critical/cultural studies of communication and feminist media studies with a specialization in TV studies and surveillance. Her new book, The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, is part of the Critical Studies in Television series edited by Mark Andrejevic at Lexington Press. Her current work includes a forthcoming co-authored piece (with Emily Ryalls) in the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication that looks at surveillance as a potent mechanism for verifying limiting notions of authentic whiteness and femininity in the film The Hunger Games; a piece in a collection on reality TV (edited by Laurie Ouellette) on postfeminism and the therapeutic; and a co-edited collection (with Shoshana A. Magnet) under contract with Duke University Press, entitled Feminist Surveillance Studies.

Dr. Dubrofsky is often interviewed for her expertise on reality television and culture:

The Hipster Racism of Reality TV (From
Audio interview with Dr. Dubrofsky (Fembot collective as part of the Books Aren't Dead (BAD) series )
Audio interview with Dr. Dubrofsky (The Critical Lede)
On Facebook and reality TV (for the Montreal Gazette)
On Polk County Sheriff being offered reality show (for The Ledger)
On The Bachelor (for The Daily Beast)
On Reality TV (for USA Today)
On Madonna (for Montreal Gazette)
For the article "Freefall tackles dark side of reality TV with 'American Monkey'" (from the Tampa Bay Times)

Here is an invited talk Dr. Dubrofsky gave at the Frontiers of New Media Symposium at the University of Utah in 2013: Rachel Dubrofsky, "Gendered and Racialized Identities in Social Media."

Undergraduate Course Offerings

  • Race and Gender in Popular Film and TV
  • Special Topics in Media Analysis: Reality TV
  • Analyzing Culture & Media

Graduate Course Offerings

  • Critical Studies of Media
  • Critical Methods
  • Surveillance Studies

Representative Publications

  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2013). “Singing to the Tune of Postracism: Jewishness, Blackness, and Whiteness on Glee,” Communication, Culture & Critique,, 6(1), pp. 82-102.
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2011). “Surveillance on Reality TV and Facebook: From Authenticity to Flowing Data,” Communication Theory, 21(2)
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2009). “Fallen Women on Reality TV: A Pornography of Emotion.” Feminist Media Studies, 9(3).
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. & Antoine Hardy. (2008). “Performing Race in Flavor of Love and The Bachelor.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(4).
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2007).   "'Therapeutics of the Self’: Surveillance in the Service of the Therapeutic.”  Television and New Media , 8(4).
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2006). "The Bachelor: Whiteness in the Harem.”  Critical Studies in Media Communication, 23(1).
  • Dubrofsky, Rachel E. (2002). "Ally McBeal as Postfeminist Icon: the Aestheticizing and Fetishizing of the Independent Working Woman."  Communication Review, 5(4).



Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005
M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, York University (Toronto), 1998
B.A., English Literature (Honors), Western Civilization and Culture (Major), Concordia University (Montreal), 1993.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
81877SPC 7980004Dissertation: Doctoral
TBA 100

Graduate Students

Robb Bruce, Mark McCarthy, Alisha Menzies

Tasha Rennels