colby-sawyer faculty

Melissa Meade

Associate Professor, Humanities
(603) 526-3798 |

Dr. Meade joined the faculty in 2004 from The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her teaching and research interests include media history, law and culture, and feminist media studies. She is currently a research associate for the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress, a working member of the Feminist Technology Network (FemTechNet), and a member of the Legacy Council for the Third Wave Fund.

Areas of Expertise

  • Media history and theory
  • Gender and media
  • Feminism
  • Communication technology


  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., Purdue University

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Queering the Dollar: Third Wave Fund and the Politics of Feminist Philanthropy,” in LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, with R. Young, (forthcoming) 2015.

“The Fuzzy End of the Lollypop: Collective Subjectivity and Protofeminism in Some Like it Hot." in L. Mattoon D'Amore (Editor), Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

“A Golden Age of Androgyny: Gender-bending, Music Videos and Regressive Cultures of the 1980s.” Society for the Study of Film and History, 2014.

“Feminist Naming Practices: Resistance, Innovation, and Irreverence.” with C. Keating, National Women's Studies Association. Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013.

“Tools for Change,” Panel moderator and discussant, The New Hampshire Women's Caucus. New London, New Hampshire, 2011.

“More Than a Supporting Role: Marion Keisker, Gender, Radio History.” International Communication Association. Montreal, Canada, 2008.

“Meet Pretty Kitty Kelley: Marion Keisker's Negotiation of Gender in 1940s Memphis Radio.” The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. San Francisco, California, 2006.

“Women in Music and Radio: Exploring the legacies of Mid-Century 'All-Girl' Culture.” International Communication Association. New York, New York, 2005.

“The Feminist in the Feminine: WHER-AM Radio and 1950s Proto-feminism.” The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2004.

“Broadcasting Femininity: The 'All-Girl Radio” of WHER-AM. International Communication Association. New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004.

“The Sound of Women in the 1950s: The 'All-Girl' Radio of WHER-AM.” National Communication Association. Miami Beach, Florida, 2003.

“Making Room for Cultural History: A Historiographic Exploration of U.S. Radio.” The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Kansas City, Missouri, 2003.

“Skirting the Airwaves: The “All-Girl” Radio of WHER-AM.” The Radio Conference- A Transnational Forum. Madison, Wisconsin, 2003.

“Community Radio: Champion of Unsung Music, Arbiter of Taste, or What?” with P. Monaghan. International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2003.

“Displacing Women in the Abortion Debate: News Frames in the Coverage of the 'Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 1995'.” International Communication Association, Seoul, Korea, 2002.

Domke, D., Lagos, T., LaPointe, M., Meade, M., & Xenos, M. “Elite Messages and Source Cues: Moving Beyond Partisanship.” Political Communication, 17(4), 395-402, 2000.