My name is Judith E. Rosenbaum and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. I received my PhD from the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maine, I worked as an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. I have taught both undergraduate and graduate students, and have taught courses on the theoretical foundations of mass communication, strategic communication, race, gender and the media, as well as several production courses. My research interests include media selection and enjoyment, meaning making in social media, and health and media usage.
I am very excited to announce that “Constructing digital cultures: Tweets, trends, race, and gender”, published by Lexington books is available now. Constructing Digital Cultures examines how user-generated narratives on Twitter renegotiate dominant ideas about gender and race. Using an in-depth, qualitative examination of individual tweets, the different kinds of dialogue that characterize the platform, and various ways in which people connect, Constructing Digital Cultures provides insight into the nature of digital culture produced on Twitter and the platform’s potential as a virtual public sphere. This volume investigates arenas of discussion often seen on Twitter—from entertainment and popular culture to politics, social justice issues, and advertising—and looks into how members of ethnic minority groups use and relate to the platform.
Starting in November 2018, I am part of the Maine Humanities Council “World in your library” speaker series. This program features Maine-based speakers, and my talk will center on social media and democracy.
On November 1, Penny Rheingans (University of Maine), Kim McKeage (Husson University), and myself appeared on Maine Public to discuss algorithms, social media, and information literacy. You can listen to the episode here.
I am very excited to announce that on June 4 and 5 I will be speaking at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Radboud University Nijmegen on my book. Specific details regarding the talk at the RU can be found here.
In May 2018, UMaine Today published a piece on the social and political impact of the #MeToo movement. The article, which can be found here, featured work by Professor Amy Blackstone (Sociology, University of Maine) and myself.
On April 12, I will be a part of a panel on “The media and #MeToo” with Brett Anderson (New Orleans Times -Picayune), Amy Blackstone (Professor of Sociology, UMaine), and Susan Gardner (Director, Rising Tide Center). We will discuss issues and challenges arising from reports of sexual harassment on social media. The panel will start at 1pm in the Bangor Room, University of Maine Memorial Union. More information can be found here.
In January, I was a guest on Maine Public’s Maine Calling. Together with Brooke Foucault Welles from Northeastern University, I discussed my book and the face of politics in the age of Twitter. You can find the interview here.
Anne Goodwin published a piece on Benjamin Johnson and my work into spoilers and enjoyment. You can find the piece here.
The Huffington Post presented an overview of spoilers research to date, including an in-depth discussion of our research into need for cognition, need for affect, and the relationship between spoilers and enjoyment. The article can be found here.
Science of Us discusses the contradictory research findings regarding the impact of spoilers and enjoyment, mentioning our research on personality traits and the relationship between spoilers and narrative experience. The article is here.