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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Cuklanz, Ph.D.

full time faculty - communication department

Professor and Chair

Phone: 617-552-8894

St. Mary's Hall S477
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467


Lisa M. Cuklanz is Professor and Chair of the Communication department.

Dr. Cuklanz is the former director of Women's Studies at Boston College and past co-chair of the Radcliffe Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies. She has served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of Communication Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, and as Harvard Law School Fellow in Law and Communication.

She is the author of two books published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, as well as numerous articles published in journals including Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Gender Studies, Women's Studies in Communication, and Communication Studies.

For further information visit Dr. Cuklanz's web page.

Current Book:

Moorti, Sujata, and Cuklanz, Lisa. All-American TV Crime Drama: Feminism and Identity Politics in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. London: IB Tauris, 2017.



Cuklanz, Lisa, and McIntosh, Heather (Eds.) Documenting Gendered Violence: Representations, Collaborations, and Movements. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2015.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Moorti, Sujata. (Eds.) Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009.

Cuklanz, Lisa. Rape on Prime Time: Television, Masculinity, and Sexual Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Articles and Chapters:

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Mass Media Representation of Gendered Violence," in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender, Edited by Linda Steiner, Lisa McLaughlin, and Cynthia Carter. New York: Routledge, pp. 32-41, (Chapter 2), 2013. 

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Moorti, Sujata. “Television’s New Feminism: Prime Time Representations of Women and Victimization.” Reprinted in Gender, Race, and Class in Media Edited by Gail Dines and Jean Humez, Chapter 19. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Moorti, Sujata. “Television’s New Feminism: Prime Time Representations of Women and Victimization.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 23.4 (October, 2006): 302-321.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Gendered Violence ad Mass Media Representation,” in The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication, edited by Bonnie Dow and Julia T. Wood. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 335-354.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "The Masculine Ideal: Prime Time Representations of Rape, 1976-1978." Critical Studies in Mass Communication 15 (December 1998): 423-448.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Mainstream News Frames the Hill/ Thomas Hearings." Outsiders Looking In: A Communication Perspective on the Hill/Thomas Hearing, Paul Siegel (Ed.). Communication and Law Series. New York: Hampton Press, 1996, pp. 167-182.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Opposing Verdicts in the Webb-Dotson Rape Case: Legal Versus News Constructions." Communication Studies 46 (Spring 1995): 45-56.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Shrill Squawk or Strategic Innovation: A Rhetorical Reassessment of Margaret Sanger's Woman Rebel." Communication Quarterly 43.1 (Winter 1995): 1-19.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Public Expressions of 'Progress' in Discourses of the Big Dan's Rape." Women and Language 27.1 (Spring 1994): 1-11.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Truth in Transition: Discursive Constructions of Character in the Rideout Rape in Marriage Case." Women's Studies in Communication 16.1 (Spring 1993): 74-101.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Male is to Female as _____ is to _____ : A Guided Tour of Five Feminist Frameworks for Communication Studies." with Kathryn Cirksena. Women Making Meaning: New Feminist Directions in Communication. Lana Rakow (Ed). New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1992: 18-44.