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College of Information and Communications


Faculty and Staff

Leigh Moscowitz, Ph.D.

Title: Public Relations Sequence Head
Associate Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
E-mail: moscowil@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-4417
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 331
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Website
profile

Education

B.A., School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Indiana University
M.A., School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Indiana University
Ph.D., School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Indiana University

Teaching

Dr. Leigh Moscowitz teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in media and public relations writing, research methods, media literacies, and gender in media. She creates a collaborative and experiential learning environment by integrating problem-based models, partnerships with community leaders and organizations, and the latest technology tools into her classes.

Research

Dr. Moscowitz's research examines the cultural production of news and the politics of media representation. She is the author of two books, "The Battle over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism through the Media" (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and "Snatched: Coverage of Child Abductions in U.S. News Media" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2015). Her ongoing work investigates media coverage of gay athletes in professional team sports and the televisual production of class and gender in popular reality TV shows.

Publications

Duvall, S. & Moscowitz, L. (2015). Snatched: Child Abductions in U.S. News Media. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Billings, A. C., Moscowitz, L., Rae, C. & Brown, N. (2015). The art of coming out: Traditional and social media frames surrounding the NBA’s Jason Collins. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92 (1).

Moscowitz, L. (2013). The Battle over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism through the Media. Urbana Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.  

Lee, M. & Moscowitz, L. (2013). The ‘Rich Bitch’: Class and gender performance on The Real Housewives of New York City. Feminist Media Studies, 13 (1), 64-82.

Moscowitz, L. & Duvall, S. (May 2011). ’Every parent’s worst nightmare’: Myths of child abductions in the news. Journal of Children and Media, 5 (3): 147- 163.

Service

Dr. Moscowitz has served as research chair for the Commission on the Status of Women for AEJMC, and currently serves as a reviewer for journals such as Communication Studies, the International Journal of Communication, and Communication, Culture & Critique.

Personal

Outside of teaching and writing, Dr. Moscowitz enjoys water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, and biking with her two children. She has received awards for excellence in both teaching and research, including AEJMC’s Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award and AEJMC's Scholars Program Grant Award.