Adrienne Shaw

Adrienne Shaw

Assistant Professor

M&C and Media Studies and Production

Annenberg Hall, Room 203A
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Adrienne Shaw is an Assistant Professor in Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production, a member of the School of Media and Communication graduate faculty, and is part of the government-funded CYCLES team.

From 2011-2015 she served as Co-Chair of the International Communication Association’s LGBTQ Studies Special Interest Group.

She received her PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the intersections of new media, minority representation, and qualitative audience research. Before joining the Temple faculty she held postdoctoral posts at the Mudra Institute for Communication Ahmedabad (MICA) in India, University of Pittsburgh, and Colorado State University.

Her research and teaching focus on: popular culture; representations of gender & sexuality; cultural production and qualitative audience research; video games & gaming culture; and identity and community construction via media consumption. Her article “What is Video Game Culture?: Cultural Studies and Game Studies” was Games and Culture’s has been most read article from that journal since 2010. It is freely available:

Her book Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014.


PhDCommunicationUniversity of Pennsylvania
MACommunicationUniversity of Pennsylvania
BA, magna cum laudeSociologyMount Holyoke College

Courses Taught

MSP 3421Techonology and CultureUndergraduate
MSP 5114Communication Research MedthodsGraduate
MSP 4541Mobile MediaUndergraduate
MSP 4425LGBT Media RepresentationUndergraduate