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Melody L Hoffmann

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Melody L Hoffmann is a graduate instructor and doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation research is focused on bicycle advocacy's intersection with various communities across the United States. Her M.A. thesis research focused on the role "alt porn" online social network sites such as Suicide Girls impacts the the way pornography is studied. Melody's teaching is focused on critical media studies and public speaking.


  • critical media literacy
  • critical race theory
  • feminist media and cultural studies
  • media depictions of gender and sexuality
  • porn studies
  • subcultural studies
  • urban geography

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2009-present.
  • M.A.: Media Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007.
  • B.A.: Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2005.


  • Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Teaching Award finalist, May 2012
  • College of Liberal Arts Research Award, November 2011
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP), College of Liberal Arts, May 2010 - August 2010
  • Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Summer 2011 & 2012

Courses Taught

  • Media Literacy
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Media Writing
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