Melanie E.S. Kohnen is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture.


Ph.D., American Civilization, Brown University

M.A., English Languages and Literatures, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany


Her research focuses on the interplay of traditional and new media with particular emphasis on how media function as platforms for negotiating cultural identities.


Recent courses include Transmedia TelevisionDigital Media and Participatory Culture, and Technology / Media / Everyday Life. All classes combine media theory with media practice: in addition to traditional written essays, students produce photography, videos, podcasts, websites and music remixes.