Title: Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Department: Communication Studies
Office Location: Roe Center 337-A
B.A. from Helderberg College
M.A. from Rand Afrikaans University
Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington
Areas of expertise: global media cultures, feminism and gender studies and the construction of identities in the media
Shelley Bradfield opted to complete a doctorate in media studies because she knew she could watch film and television for the rest of her life as a career. In addition to being immersed as a viewer and prosumer of media, Bradfield also ponders how meaning is created through media, the varying uses people make of media and the conditions under which it is produced.
As a researcher of South African television, Bradfield is fascinated by how media adapts to and is used in specific national contexts, as well as how it travels across these geographical and political boundaries. Besides traveling to South Africa for research (relaxation and connecting with friends and family), Bradfield taught in Mexico in Spring 2015 and has dreams of locating other warm weather destinations in an attempt to escape the deep freeze of Iowa winters.