Gretchen Soderlund

Associate Professor of Media History​​​​​​ | 541-346-8922 | 309A Allen Hall

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Gretchen Soderlund is the author of Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885-1917 and editor of Charting, Tracking, and Mapping: New Technologies, Labor, and Surveillance, a special issue of the journal Social Semiotics. Her articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Feminist Formations, The Communication Review, Humanity, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy Studies.


PhD, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA, English, Virginia Commonwealth University


“The Conspiratorial Mode in American Television: Politics, Public Relations, and Journalism in House of Cards and Scandal.” American Quarterly 69:4 (December 2017). 833-856. (Patrick Jones, co-author)

Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism: 1885-1917. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Charting, Tracking, Mapping: New Technologies, Labor, and Surveillance. Guest Editor, special issue of Social Semiotics. 23:2 (May 2013).

“Approaches to Gender and Sexuality in Media History.” In Media History and the Foundations of Media Studies, John Nerone (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

“Running from the Rescuers: New U.S. Crusades Against Global Sex Trafficking and the Rhetoric of Abolition.” Feminist Formations 17:3 (Fall 2005). 64-87.