Karen Ross is MeCCSA’s Treasurer. She is a Professor of Media and Public Communication and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool . She teaches political communication and gender/media, and was Visiting Professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Massey University (2007, 2009) and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics at Queens University Belfast (2001-2004).
She has written extensively on the relationship between women, politics and media, gender and media, and the media and the public. She has authored/co-authored seven books and edited a further 8 collections as well as numerous journal articles and conference papers. She is the foundational editor of a new Blackwell journal, Communication, Culture and Critique which launched in March 2008 and sits on the editorial board of a further six journals.
Karen’s broad research interests include the gender/media/politics nexus, new directions in audience research; relations between the media and the public; and gender and media. She has also developed several film-based training materials focused on the equality and diversity agenda in higher education. She is currently editing a Handbook on Gender, Sexualities and Media for Blackwell. Karen’s new book, Gendered Media: Women, Men and Identity Politics has just been published by Blackwell (2009).