Shannon O’Sullivan earned her doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2017. During her time at CU, Shannon also completed graduate certificates in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Her dissertation project, “Frontiersmen Are the ‘Real Men’ in Trump’s America: Hegemonic Masculinity at Work on U.S. Cable’s Version of Blue-Collar Reality,” examines the cultural and political significance of the so-called blue-collar reality shows on U.S. cable networks in the past decade. Her research interests center on the analysis of intersections between race, gender, class, and sexuality as depicted in visual media. More broadly, her interdisciplinary research agenda seeks to investigate the relationships between media, public policies, and the reproduction and resistance of social injustices.
In her six years of higher education instruction, Shannon has taught a variety of foundational communication courses including Public Speaking, Media Literacy, and Principles of Journalism. During her time teaching at CU, she was awarded the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award in the Communication Department. She also served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Women and Gender Studies.
Shannon earned her M.A. in American Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2011, and her B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in History from Buffalo State College in 2009. She has also worked as a journalist and blogger, and has a passion for promoting media literacy.
PhD, Media Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Graduate certificates completed in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies
M.A., American Studies, SUNY at Buffalo
B.A. Journalism and History, SUNY College at Buffalo
O’Sullivan, S. (2016). Who Is Always Already Criminalized? An Intersectional Analysis of Criminality on Orange Is the New Black. The Journal of American Culture, 39(4), 401-412.
O’Sullivan, S.E.M. (2016). Playing “Redneck”: White Masculinity and Working-Class Performance on Duck Dynasty. The Journal of Popular Culture, 49(2), 367-384.