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Karin Sandell

Associate Professor, Emeritus


Areas of Expertise

  • Communication Pedagogy
  • Politics and Electronic Media
  • Women and Media

Karin teaches on the Athens campus during spring semester. She teaches courses that focus on the intersections of class, gender, and race with media and that examine the role of the electronic media in the political process. For the latter course, she runs a political simulation, allowing students the opportunity to participate in the process from the standpoint of political consultants or news media.

 Karin’s research focuses on the social construction of the body. Working collaboratively with a colleague in sociology, she specifically examines the intertextual nature of images and information about ideal bodies that appear in a range of information and entertainment media.

 Her background includes more than ten years serving as the founding director of Ohio University’s teaching center for faculty and graduate students. In that capacity, she served two stints as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, working with faculty at the University of Namibia and the National College or Ireland to incorporate critical, active pedagogy into their practice. Her publications appear in media journals as well as in journals focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 Ph.D. University of Iowa
 M.A. Illinois State University
 B.A. University of Minnesota