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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 joined the department in 2006 as a visiting faculty, and in 2007 was hired for a tenure-track position. Her research is rooted in a critical/cultural studies tradition, with a focus on digital culture (reality TV, television, social media, film) and an emphasis on the role of surveillance and issues of race and gender. Her 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 projects include a forthcoming (2015) co-edited collection with Shoshana A. Magnet, Feminist Surveillance Studies (Duke University Press), and a book, Under Surveillance: Mediating Race and Gender, examining the cultural shift from older digital media (TV, music videos, film) to newer digital media (social media) with attention to how a context of surveillance situates racialized and gendered identities and bodies.

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

Why are 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' so white? Lifetime's 'UnREAL' explores the issue (for The Los Angeles Times)
What Would It Mean To Have A 'Hapa' Bachelorette? (for NPR)
How Hate-Watching "The Bachelor" Became A Competitive Sport (for The Washington Post)
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. & Emily Ryalls. (2014). “‘The Hunger Games’: Authenticating Whiteness and Femininity under Surveillance.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(5).
  • 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
57497SPC 7980015Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100

Graduate Students