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Carlen Lavigne Ph.D.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Carlen Lavigne is a communications scholar who specializes in pop culture and critical media studies, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality. She is also a former professional editor with experience in government communications, public relations, marketing, and technical writing; she combines all of these skills to teach students how to evaluate and envision media for today’s changing sociocultural contexts. She will happily talk to you about TV shows, video games, cover letters, and comma splices—not necessarily in that order.


Ph.D. (Communications), McGill University
M.A. (English), Carleton University
B.J. Hon. (with English), Carleton University

Main Areas of Teaching

Critical Media Studies, Communications Theory, Rhetoric and Argumentation, Global Citizenship, Business and College Writing.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications:
Books (authored):
Post-Apocalyptic Patriarchy: American Television and Gendered Visions of Survival. Jefferson: McFarland, 2018
Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction. Jefferson: McFarland, 2013.
Books (edited):
Remake Television: Reboot, Re-Use, Recycle. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014.
American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2011. (co-edited with Heather Marcovitch)

Selected Articles:
“‘I’m Batman’ (and you can be too): Gender and constrictive play in the Arkham game series.” Cinema Journal 55.1 (2015): 133-141.
“‘She’s a soldier, not a model’: Feminism, FemShep, and the Mass Effect 3 vote.” Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 7.3 (2015): 317-329.
 “Two men and a moustache: Masculinity, nostalgia, and bromance in The Good Guys.” Journal of Popular Television 1.1 (2013): 69-81.
“Fairy tales and funhouse mirrors: Frameworks of assimilation and conformity in Extreme Makeover, The Swan, and What Not To Wear.” Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 2.2 (2012): 221-237.

Selected Book Chapters:
“The Noble Bachelor and the Crooked Man: Subtext and Sexuality in the BBC’s Sherlock.” Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century. Ed. Lynnette Porter. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 13-23.

Selected Conference Presentations:
“Pressing X to Jason: Narrative, Gender, and Choice in Heavy Rain.” Presented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association. San Diego: May 14, 2017.
“‘This isn’t a democracy anymore’: Patriarchy and Community in The Walking Dead.” Presented at the IAFOR Asian Conference on Cultural Studies. Kobe: June 5, 2016.
“The Education of Stahma Tarr: Feminism and Postfeminism in Defiance.” Presented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association. New Orleans: April 1, 2015.
“Tale as Old as Time? Beauty and the Beast as post-9/11 Fairy Tale.” Presented at Console-ing Passions. Leicester: June 25, 2013.

Current Research:
popular culture, gender, sexuality, television, video games, remakes and adaptations.