Director of Internships
What I do
Associate Professor, Media, Film and Journalism Studies<br>Director of Internships for MFJS
globalization, digital media, cultural communication
- Ph.D., Mass Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
- MA, Integrated Marketing Communications, Emerson College, 1999
- BA, Liberal Studies, Oregon State University, 1996
- International Communication Association
- International Association of Media and Communication Research
- Association of Internet Research
For example, in a chapter written for Papacharissi's The Networked Self, Vol 2 (2018), Polson explores how, as travel experiences pass repetitively through social media channels, they seem increasingly staged or cliché; as travelers seek new ways of obtaining unique experiences, such authentic travel experiences are increasingly sought through efforts to “live like a local”. She critically considers how AirBnb, EatWith, Tinder, and similar apps are used to connect travelers to local experiences. In another chapter (in the Routledge Companion to Media & Class (2020) co-edited with Lynn Schofield Clark and Radhika Gajjala), she analyzes a range of discourses about being or becoming a digital nomad, critically considering them in a political-economic context of labor and mobility. Closer to home, Polson looks at the use of street art murals in Denver’s RiNo Art District, and explores how practices of circulating the images on Instagram may have played a role in the gentrification of the district.
More recently, Dr. Polson has studied how AirBnb Experience hosts shifted their work to Online Experiences to help 'travelers' experience place through virtual experience in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of a Special Issue on the topic of "digital placemaking" (co-edited with Germaine Halegoua) in the journal, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.
Areas of Research
- Honorable Mention: IAMCR Urban Communication Award , IAMCR
- Dean's Award for Excellence (DAFE), $5000, CAHSS