Rachael Liberman

Rachael Liberman

Teaching Assistant Professor

What I do

I am a Teaching Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and I actively support critical pedagogy and critical media literacy. I teach courses such as Introduction to Media & Culture; Media, Power & Sexualization; and Gender, Race & Class in Media. My research interests operate at the intersection(s) of digital media culture, sexual subjectivity and critical theory.


Media Studies, pedagogy, feminism

Professional Biography

My scholarly focus during graduate school centered on an exploration of sexuality and digital media culture, which allowed me to ultimately focus on the dynamism of feminist pornography for my dissertation research. Since then, my research has shifted to a broader inquiry into pornography literacy, as well as questions about commodity feminism and other developments within feminist media studies. Currently, as a Teaching Assistant Professor, I am dedicated to the development of my pedagogy, and regard education as a space for agency and social change.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, 2013
  • MA, Media Studies, The New School, 2007
  • BA, Journalism, Marquette University , 2003

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Queer & Ally Training (Levels I & II)
  • Teaching Online Workshop
  • Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies