I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit.

My research focuses on journalism, digitalization and public spheres, especially on media and gender; media and minorities; the democratic potential of social media; online harassment and abuse; counter publics and media; and women in journalism.

My teaching experience includes classes on qualitative research methods; interviewing as a research method; feminist media theory; journalism and new media; introduction to news reporting, writing and editing; introduction to broadcast news writing, reporting and editing; media literacy; and media and journalism history.

Email: stine.eckert@wayne.edu
Twitter: @stineeckert
Mastodon: @klulli@dizl.de


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NEW COURSE — Fall 2023: COM 7010 The Dark Sides of Social Media

COM 7010 The Dark Sides of Social Media – Flyer

In Fall 2023 I am offering a brand-new graduate course: COM 7010 The Dark Sides of Social Media. It will be hybrid class, alternating between meeting in person and synchronously online, every Wednesday evenings 6-8:30 pm ET. 

In the course we will discuss extant and emerging research on the problematic, complex darker sides of social media that have created new subfields of scholarly inquiry, drawing from journalism, communication, and media studies, but also psychology, law, sociology, and computer science. We’ll read widely on the production, distribution, and use of social media to analyze structures that power digital media and communication systems and through an asymmetrical distribution of obstacles and suffering offset assumed benefits and pleasures of social media and related online spaces. 



Reflections on Feminist Communication and Media Scholarship 
Theory, Method, Impact

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This collection brings together ten of the most distinguished feminist scholars whose work has been celebrated for its excellence in helping to lay the foundation of feminist communication and media research.

This edited volume features contributions by the first ten renowned communication and media scholars that have received the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship from the Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) of the International Communication Association (ICA): Patrice M. Buzzanell, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Radha Sarma Hegde, Dafna Lemish, Radhika Parameswaran, Lana F. Rakow, Karen Ross, H. Leslie Steeves, Linda Steiner, and Angharad N. Valdivia. These distinguished scholars reflect on the contributions they have made to different subfields of media and communication scholarship, and offer invaluable insight into their own paths as feminist scholars. They each reflect on matters of power, agency, privilege, ethics, intersectionality, resilience, and positionality, address their own shortcomings and struggles, and look ahead to potential future directions in the field. Last but not least, they come together to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, marginalized people, and vulnerable populations, and to underline the crucial need for feminist communication and media scholarship to move beyond Eurocentrism toward an ethics of care and global feminist positionality.



I am thrilled to be Co-PI on our NSF ADVANCE Adaptation Grant: Gender Equity Advances Retention in STEM at Wayne State University (WSU GEARS); $992,495 (2020-2023).

It will be a joy to keep working with my fellow Co-PIs Krista Brumley (Sociology), Tamara Hendrickson (Chemistry), Lars Johnson (Psychology), Shirley Papuga (Environmental Science and Geology), Ece Yaprak (Engineering), and Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) Sara Kacin as well as PI Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

More information on the WSU-GEARS NSF ADVANCE website. 


Eckert, S.,Hendrickson, T., Brumley, K., Papuga, S. A., Johnson, L., Yaprak, E., Kacin, S., & Baltes, B. (2021). How to launch a newly funded gender equity project during COVID-19: Wayne State University GEARS. IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub. Open Access