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Erika Polson, PhD

Erika PolsonOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 129

Phone: 303-871-3831

Email:  [email protected]

About: Erika Polson is the Director of the MA program in International and Intercultural Communication, and is the Director of Internships for all students in the department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies. After working for many years as a PR and marketing communications professional in Boston, Dr. Polson pursued her Ph.D. in Mass Communication with a focus on global media at The Pennsylvania State University. She then taught in the Communication department at Saint Louis University's Madrid campus from 2009 to 2011, and joined the DU faculty in 2011.

Dr. 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. She is the author of Privileged Mobilities: Geo-Social Media, Professional Migration, and a New Global Middle Class (Peter Lang, 2016), which explores how migrating professionals use new media to create local territory in global cities, based on ethnographic research of online and offline digital media practices by expatriates in Paris, Singapore and Bangalore. Her work appears in publications such as New Media and Society; Media, Culture, and Society; International Journal of Communication; European Journal of Cultural Studies; and Communication, Culture & Critique.

Dr. Polson teaches professional, theory, and globally oriented courses in the department, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Office Hours, Fall Quarter 2019: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.

Selected Classes: 

  • MFJS 2400: Strategic Communication Planning
  • MFJS 3420: Strategic Communication Seminar
  • MFJS 3440: Multicultural Campaigns
  • MFJS 3980/4980: Internship in MFJS
  • MFJS 4070: Seminar in Public Relations
  • MFJS 4650: Global Media & Communication


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

Select Publications


  • Polson, E. (2016). Privileged mobilities: Professional migration, Geo-social media, and a new global middle class. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Journal Articles: 

  • Polson, E. (2016). "Negotiating independent mobility: Single female expats in Bangalore." European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(5): 450-464.
  • Polson, E. & Whiteside, E. (2016). "Getting in the Game: A Rising India and the Question of Global Sport." International Journal of Communication, 10(2016): 3085–3105.
  • Polson, E. (2015). "A Gateway to the Global City: Mobile Place-making Practices by Expats." New Media & Society, 17(4): 629-645.
  • 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." 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.

Book Chapters: 

  • Polson, E. (2018). 'Doing' Local: Place-Based Travel Apps and the Globally Networked Self. In Papacharissi, Z. (Ed.), A Networked Self: Platforms, Stories, Connections. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Polson, E. (Forthcoming in 2018). Information SuperCalle: The Social Internet of Havana's WiFi Streets. In Wilken, R.; Goggin, G. & Horst, H. (Eds.), Location Technologies in International Context, London, UK: Routledge.
  • Polson, E. (Forthcoming in 2019). Online media and the aspirational class 'mobility' of digital nomads. In Polson, E.; Schofield Clark, L. & Gajjala, R. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Media & Class, London, UK: Routledge.

Edited Books: 

  •  Polson, E.; Schofield Clark, L. & Gajjala, R. (Eds.) (Forthcoming in 2019). Routledge Companion to Media & Class, London, UK: Routledge.

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