IMG_0630 Stine Eckert Head ShotI’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and the Vice-Chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) of the International Studies Association (ICA).

My research interests include international, comparative approaches; social media and gender and minorities; and the democratic potential of social media.

My teaching experience includes feminist media theory; media literacy; media and journalism history; broadcast news writing, reporting and editing; writing for the web; Twitter workshops and the Wikid GRRLs curriculum to teach online skills to middle and high school girls. | @stineeckert


screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-12-55-02-pmMy study How to Cover Rape: U.S. Journalists’ Critique of Rolling Stone’s Campus Rape Story, with Linda Steiner, is now published in the current issue of Media Report to Women.



2016-bantz-faculty-research-award-wsu-com-deptToday I am honored and thrilled to receive the 2016 Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra Petronio & Charles R. Bantz Faculty Research Award from the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. Thank you all for this recognition and further encouragement of my scholarship on gender, minorities and social media and the demographic potential of social media.



raceOur study on The Democratic Potential of Feminist Twitter is published now in Rebecca Lind’s edited volume Race and Gender in Electronic Media. Content, Context, Culture as part of Routledge’s Electronic Media Research Series. The series was started as an initiative by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) to spark more original research which is shared during its annual symposium. You can read more about the book here and browse the table of content here.

Steiner, L., & Eckert, S. (2016). The Democratic potential of feminist Twitter. In Lind, R. (Ed.), Race and Gender in Electronic Media: Content, Context, Culture. New York, NY: Routledge.




icalogo RIGHTPre-Conference Accepted for 2017 ICA Annual Conference, San Diego

We are thrilled that our pre-conference “How to Quantify the Unquantifiable? The Methodology of Gender and Intersecting Dimensions of Identity” has been accepted by ICA for the 2017 annual conference in San Diego.

In the field of media and communication studies the methods we apply are informed by the theoretical paradigms of our investigations. Mass communication research on media users in long-running national surveys or media effects experiments are often tasked with reducing complex theoretical constructs to quantifiable categories. Similarly, research on representations in media apply categorical systematics to assess how for instance gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, class, age and other dimensions of identity are depicted across media outlets.

The pre-conference aims to bring together scholars with different approaches to the same issues with the intention to sensitize as well as to inspire collaborative approaches across disciplines and paradigms. What methodological ways are open to us, if we ask questions concerning large populations or if we need to quantify complex ideas? What methodological paths can we engage in, while assessing matters of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, and class in a thoughtful manner?

To answer these questions the organizers invite theoretical and methodological advances that try to inform established communication and media theorizing by critically appraising and dealing with their own paradigms’ shortcomings.

The pre-conference will take place on Thursday, May 25, 9 am-5 pm in the Hilton Bayfront conference hotel. The pre-conference is sponsored by the Feminist Scholarship Division, LGBTQ Studies, and the Mass Communication Division. Registration costs are $25.00. We will circulate a Call for Papers shorty. If you are interested in participating, email me at:



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Wayne State University Interdisciplinary Working Group receives USAID-IIE Grant

Our Wayne State University Interdisciplinary Working Group received a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Institute of International Education (IIE) to analyze existing research on the question of how to increase the civic and political participation of women, especially in developing countries. According the to university, this is the first time Wayne State University has received a USAID grant.

I am proud to be a member of the WSU team, working together with Dr. Sharon Lean and Dr. Kyu-Nahm Jun from political science, Ph.D. candidates Juan Liu (communication), Nicole Gerring (political science) and Amanda Walker (history), and Ph.D. student Matthew Lacouture (political science).

We are looking forward to discussing our findings with USAID, IIE and teams from other universities working on related research, in Washington D.C. at the end of September.

You can find more information on the specifics of this grant and my work in this summary on the website of the WSU Department of Communication.

WSU logoThis report/website is made possible with support from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID; the United States Government; or the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program implementer, IIE.


JULY 2016

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I am thrilled to be awarded the 2016 Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy from CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) of AEJMC (Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) for my work on Wikid GRRLS – Teaching girls online skills for knowledge projects.



JUNE 2016

bookMy study with Linda Steiner on Feminist Uses of Social Media is now published in Defining Identities and the Changing Scope of Culture in Digital Age, edited by Alison Novak and Imaani Jamillah El-Burki. Check it out; below is our abstract:

The internet has clearly become crucial for feminist organizing, enabling feminist associations to undertake both campaigns and counter-campaigns. Feminist groups and individuals are using social media to advocate policy, fight policy, promote discussions of problems, and argue against anti-feminist, misogynist and anti-progressive ideologies. This textual analysis of feminist accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest demonstrates that feminist individuals and groups used these platforms to discuss structural gender issues, aspects of identity, daily practices, provide motivational material, and both justify and defend intersectional feminisms. Few groups on any site were anti-feminist. Using the theory of fluid public clusters, this chapter argues that social media are especially significant for minority feminists and feminists of color; they enable White and majority feminists to go beyond rhetorical proclamations of intersectionality and to enact alliances.


MAY 2016

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 7.36.27 PMWikid GRRLS study wins Top Paper Award in Faculty Paper Competition of CSW (AEJMC) 

I am thrilled to learn that my study, with Jade Metzger, on the Wikid GRRLs intervention to teach online skills to teenage girls for knowledge projects has won the 3rd prize in the Faculty Paper Competition of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). We will present the paper during the AEJMC Annual Conference, this year in Minneapolis, tentatively on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 3 pm. Read more about how I founded and developed the Wikid GRRLs project and more about the projects’ goals, team and participants’ experiences on the Wikid GRRLs website and blog.

My study, with Candi Carter Olson of Utah State University and Victoria LaPoe of Western Kentucky University, on the use of social media among academics for peer-communication (in contrast to teaching or gathering research data) has also been accepted at AEJMC, in the Cultural and Critical Studies Division (CCS). We are looking forward to presenting our results.

See you all in Minneapolis!


MAY 2016

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  • How do people make sense of the(ir) world(s)?
  • How do people reflect on their experiences?
  • How do people understand their own stories?
  • What can people tell us beyond pre-categorized surveys about their perceptions?

Sign up for COM 7340 Interviewing

Fall 2016, Tuesdays 6-8.45 pm in MANO 595

If you are interested in these questions join COM 7340 and study and apply theory and practice on interviewing as a research method for a range of approaches and contexts. Interviews may be face-to-face, via phone or online platforms. They range from oral history to focus groups. They can be one-on-one, one-to-many or many-to-many.

Interviews can be structured, semi structured or unstructured. Interviewing can be used for journalism, marketing research, political opinion polling and academic projects across all research areas in communication studies. This course focuses on interviewing for academic projects and you will be part of a research group to produce a conference paper based on interviews during the course work.

For questions and more information, e-mail Dr. Stine Eckert:

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APRIL 2016
Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 5.12.28 PMJoin our Wikid GRRLS Workshop at the FREE FemTechNet Conference, Apr. 9, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan: Hatcher Library Gallery Instruction Lab (North Side, 1st floor)
Saturday, April 9, 10.15-11.30 am
Snacks will be provided

Coordinators of the WIKID GRRLS project, Jade Metzger and Stine Eckert, will provide a workshop on the WIKID GRRLS after school project for researchers, teachers, and school coordinators. The coordinators will talk about the transdisciplinary benefits of implementing the program, including creating alliances across the academic fields and community educators. Coordinators will also discuss the challenges of the program. The workshop provides space for conversations about STEM education with young girls in urbanized areas, closing the gender gap on Wikipedia

More information on the FemTechNet conference website.


Paper accepted at AEJMC Panel for 2016 Conference in Minneapolis

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 7.36.27 PMMy paper “More than mothers: Women bloggers with children” was accepted at the 2016 Annual Conference of AEJMC as part of a panel on Transgressive girls, mothers, and feminists: Transformations through social media. The panel will take place on Friday, August, 5, 2016, 5 to 6.30 p.m. I am looking forward to meeting and discussing with my co-panelists and moderator:

Moderator: Lisa Cuklanz, Boston College (USA)

Carolyn Bronstein (DePaul University, USA) and *Linda Steiner (University of Maryland, USA), “Mothers bucking conventional wisdom: Posting for Authority, Against Authority
Candi Carter Olson (Utah State University, USA), “History in a hashtag: Using social media to write women into the historical record”
Stine Eckert (Wayne State University, USA), “More than mothers: Women bloggers with children”
Emily Hund (University of Pennsylvania, USA), “Forging a new career:  Fashion bloggers and cultural production in the new economy”
Jessalynn Keller (Middlesex University, UK), Revenge of the Teenage Girl? Exploring the Public Politics of Feminist Girl Bloggers
Mia Moody-Ramirez (Baylor University, USA), “Communicating, circulating, and celebrating feminist ideals through social media.”

WHO Grant to Research Emergency Risk Communication

photoSince the winter semester I have been working with a team in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University to create an evidence syntheses to support the WHO guideline on emergency risk communication. I will focus on the use of social media in risk and emergency communication as well as German literature on risk communication. I am looking forward to collaborate with my colleagues Lee Wilkins, Pradeep Sopory, Julie Novak and Donyale Padgett.




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