Mia Fischer

IMG_1177Mia Fischer is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado – Denver.  After receiving her BA from the Universität Mannheim, Germany, Mia attended the College of Charleston under a Fulbright scholarship and completed her  MA in Communication Studies in 2010. She received her doctorate in Communication Studies with a focus on Critical Media Studies and a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2016.

Mia is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation project Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State (forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press) which explores how media representations of transgender people connect to their surveillance by state institutions, specifically federal and state governments, the military, and the legal system. The project calls for centering trans subjectivities and experiences in critical media studies in order to move beyond an exclusive focus on analyzing representations and visibility politics. Doing so (re)focuses attention on the relationship between material consequences and representational trends in popular culture. By highlighting the lived realities trans people, the project refutes popular narratives of progress – e.g., TIME magazine’s much proclaimed “transgender tipping point” – that claim equality and civil rights victories for LGBT people over the last decade.

Working at the intersections of critical media, sports, queer, trans and surveillance studies, her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Sexualities, The Journal of Sport and Social Studies, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology among other venues. Mia has also contributed to the anthologies Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance (University of Toronto Press, 2016) as well as Sport and Militarism (Routledge, 2017). Mia’s larger teaching and research interests revolve around questions of social justice, specifically how mediated visibilities of marginalized communities impact the everyday lives of those communities, principally in terms of their access to national belonging and U.S. citizenship.

In her free time, Mia enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring all the outdoor fun Colorado has to offer, especially skiing.  Questions and comments are welcome: mia.fischer@ucdenver.edu

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