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Nora Madison, Ph.D.

Nora Madison, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Communication
Coordinator of the Communication Program and Co-coordinator of the Women's Study Minor
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215-753-3061
Educational Background: 

PhD, Communication, Culture, and Media, Drexel University
BA, Sociology, minor in Women's Studies, Arcadia University

Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Gender & Race in Media
  • Grant Writing
  • Media Literacy
  • Media & Society
  • Political Communication & Activism Online
  • Senior Seminar in Communication
  • Social Media Culture
  • Theories & Research Methods in Communication
Scholarly Interests: 
  • Social and cultural impacts of new media
  • Online activism
  • Digital representation
  • Social semiotics
  • Queer Theory

Dr. Madison has presented her research around the world, including an invited talk at Sweden’s International Science Festival in 2013. In 2015 she was invited to the White House by the Office of Engagement to participate in a policy briefing focused on the cultural and material needs of the American bisexual community as a part of the White House's LGBT initiative under the Obama administration. This invitation was extended based on Dr. Madison's scholarship on bisexual identities and activism

Awards: 

In 2012 Nora Madison was awarded the Emerging Scholars International Research Fellowship, a financial award to support dissertation data collection and analysis. The Fellowship was awarded through the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) and funded by the Ford Foundation.

Selected Publications: 

In press. Klang, M. & Madison, N. “Vigilantism or Outrage: An Exploration of Policing Social Norms Through Social Media.” in Vanacker & Heider      (eds.) Ethics for a Digital Age. Peter Lang Publishing.

2017. Madison, N. “Representing Bisexuality in the Digital Age.” In Paul Nixon & Isabel Düsterhöft (eds.) Sex in the Digital Age. Burlington, VT:   Ashgate Publishers.

2017. Madison, N. “The Bisexual Seen: Countering Media Misrepresentation.” Journal of Media & Culture. 20(4).

2016. Klang, M. & Madison, N. “The Domestication of Online Activism.” First Monday. 21(6).

2013. Shumar, W. & Madison, N. “Ethnography in a Virtual World.” Ethnography and Education. 8(2): 255-272.

2010. Phipps, E., Madison, N., Pomerantz, S., Klein, M. “Identifying and assessing interests and concerns of priority populations for work-site   programs to promote physical activity.” Health Promotion Practice. 11(1): 71-8.

2008. Phipps, E., Madison, N., Polansky, M., Tester, W. “The importance of patient participation in second-line chemotherapy decisions: Perspectives   of African American patients.” J National Medical Association. 100(12): 1434-40.

2005. Phipps, E., Quinn, J., Madison, N., Ackler, J., Pomerantz, S., Tester, W. “Patient and industry barriers to pain control in low income cancer   patients.” Issues in Clinical Oncology. November/December: 36-39.

2005. Phipps, E., Harris, D., Braitman, L., Tester, W., Madison, N., True, G. “Who enrolls in observational end of life research? Report from the   Cultural Variations in Approaches to End of Life Study (CVAS).”  J Palliative Med. 8(1): 115-20.

2003. Madison, N. & Church, J. “Are you a ‘real’ female? Gender and authenticity in Asheron’s Call.” In R.A. Lind (Ed.), Race/Gender/Media:   Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content and Producers. (p. 315-322) New York: Pearson Education.

Selected Presentations and Workshops: 

Madison N. Digital Bisexuality: The Semiotics of Online Sexual Identity. Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, AZ. October 21-24, 2015.

Madison N. Technologies of Visibility: Digital Mediations of Identity Online. International Communication Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 21-25, 2015.

Madison N. Technologies of Subjectivity: Systems of Production and Enactment in Online Spaces. Theorizing the Web. New York, NY. April 25-26, 2014.

Madison N. The Doctor, The Succubus, The Dragon, and the Problem of Three: Representations of Bisexuality in Popular Media. Popular Culture Association. Chicago, IL. April 16-19, 2014.

Madison N. New Mediations of Bisexuality: Findings from the Emerging Scholars Research Fellowship. International Association of Sexuality, Culture, and Society. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 28- September 3, 2013.

Madison N. Framing Bisexuality: the label, the performance, and the paradox. Gender, Bodies, and Technology. Roanoke, VA. April 26-28, 2012

Madison N. The Articulation of Bisexual Identities in New Mediascapes: Negotiating (in)Visibility Online. International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture & Society. Madrid, Spain. July 6-10, 2011.

Madison N. Bi Watchdogs: Negotiating Identity and Anxiety Online. Association of Internet Researchers. Gothenburg, Sweden. October 20-23, 2010.

Conference Presentations

2017. “Online Mammary Activists: Trolling the Surveillance Capital Machine” Connecting to the Masses Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 “A Theory of Everyday Digital Activism.” Digital Sociology Mini Conference of the Eastern Sociological Society. Philadelphia, PA.

2016. Klang, M. & Madison, N. “Funeral Selfies and its Discontents: Manners, Media & the Right Way to Mourn.” Sixth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics. Chicago, IL.

2015. “Digital Bisexuality: The Semiotics of Online Sexual Identity.” Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, AZ.
 “Technologies of Visibility: Digital Mediations of Identity Online.” International Communication Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2014. “Technologies of subjectivity: Systems of production and enactment in online spaces.” Theorizing the Web. New York, NY.
 “The Doctor, The Succubus, The Dragon, and the Problem of Three: Representations of Bisexuality in Popular Media.” Popular Culture Association.                 Chicago, IL.

2013. “Enacting Bisexuality and Mediating Visibility in Online Spaces.” Association of Internet Researchers. Denver, CO.
 “New Mediations of Bisexuality: Findings from the Emerging Scholars Research Fellowship.” International Association of Sexuality, Culture, and Society. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2012. “New Mediations of Bisexuality: Technologies of subjectivity online.” Association of Internet Researchers. Manchester, UK. 
 “Framing Bisexuality: The label, the performance, and the paradox.” Gender, Bodies, and Technology. Roanoke, VA.
 “(In)Visible Online: New Mediations of Bisexuality.” Lavender Languages. Washington DC.

2011. “Tracing Bisexuality: The label, the performance, and the paradox.” American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Canada.
 “’I am Visible’: Online bisexual communities, identities, and the paradox of visibility.” Association of the Internet Researchers. Seattle, WA.
 "The Articulation of Bisexual Identities in New Mediascapes: Negotiating (in)visibility online.” International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture & Society. Madrid, Spain.

2010. "Bisexuality and Binary Dams: Negotiating the Flows of Identity Discourse.” American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, LA.
 “Bi Watchdogs: Negotiating Identity and Anxiety Online.” Association of Internet Researchers. Gothenburg, Sweden.
 “Constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing identity: Fluid identity and narratives of bisexuality online.” Lavender Languages. Washington DC.

2009. “Beyond binary: Bisexuality and the narratives of fluid identities online.” American Anthropological Association. Philadelphia, PA.
 “Fluid identity and embodied selves: Virtual community and the narratives of bisexuality in online social networking sites.” Association of Internet Researchers. Milwaukee, WI.