Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser

Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser

Associate Faculty

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Gender in the media

About me

Sarah Banet-Weiser is Lauren Berlant Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is Research Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the founding Director of the Center for Collaborative Communication at the Annenberg Schools (C3). 

Professor Banet-Weiser was Head of Department in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE between September 2018 and June 2021.

Her research is deeply interdisciplinary, as is her scholarly editorial work.  She was formerly the editor of the flagship journal of the American Studies Association, American Quarterly, and was the founding co-editor of the New York University Press book series, Critical Cultural Communication Studies.  She is currently the current co-editor of the International Communication Association journal, Communication, Culture, Critique.  Professor Banet-Weiser has been the recipient of international fellowships and visiting professorships at, among others, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme in Paris, France; the Gulbenkian Foundation and the University of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal; Microsoft Research New England (the social media collective); and McGill University in Montreal (Media@McGill Scholar).

Professor Banet-Weiser is the recipient of scholarly and mentoring awards, including the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Book Award for Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture (2012); the Constance Rourke Prize for Best Article in American Quarterly, and the Mellon Graduate Student Mentoring Award.  She is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Southern California.  She comes to LSE after 19 years in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, where she was Professor, Vice Dean and the Director of the School of Communication.

Expertise Details

Gender; Feminist theory; Race and ethnicity; Consumer culture; Neoliberal capitalism; Branding; Popular culture; Social media; Youth culture