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Erika Polson, PhD

Erika PolsonOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 103A

Areas of Focus

Polson's research focuses broadly and critically on socio-cultural change in relation to globalization, and specifically on globalizing middle classes and media as intersecting sites for analyzing such changes. Her work appears in publications such as New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and Communication, Culture & Critique. She is currently working on a book about how migrating professionals use new media to create local territory in global cities, and as part of this project has conducted ethnographic research of online and offline digital media practices by expatriates in Paris, Singapore, and Bangalore.


  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, Emerson College
  • BA, Oregon State University

Select Publications

Polson, E. (forthcoming). “A Gateway to the Global City: Mobile Place-making Practices by Expats.” New Media & Society. Published online, Oct. 2013.

Polson, E. & Whiteside, E. (2014). "Passing to India: A Critical Look at American Football's Expansion.” Media, Culture & Society, 36(5): 661-678.

Polson, E. (2011). “Belonging to the Network Society: Social Media and the Production of a New Global Middle Class” at Communication, Culture & Critique, 4(2): 144-163.

Polson, E. & Kahle, S. (2010). “Limits of National Discourse on a Transnational Phenomenon: Britain, Immigration, and the 'Body' Politic.” International Communication Gazette, 72(3): 251-268.