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 the intersections of social media and gender; social media and minorities; online abuse; the democratic potential of social media and international, comparative approaches.

My teaching experience includes feminist media theory and interviewing as a research method for graduate students; and for undergraduate/master students: journalism and new media; news reporting, writing and editing; broadcast news writing, reporting and editing; media literacy; media and journalism history and the Wikid GRRLs curriculum to teach online skills to middle and high school girls. | @stineeckert

April 2017

Call for Participants: Has your private information been released online without your permission?

We seek people whose private information has been released online without their permission. This private information then can be used for harassing people. This process is also called doxxing. In this study we seek to better understand the experience of being doxxed and its impact on people and online communication.

Are you

  • over 18 years old
  • and have had private information released online by others without your permission?

We will interview you via phone/Skype/Google hang out for about 30-45 minutes. Your name will be confidential and won’t be used in the study.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, email:


March 2017

Our USAID-funded study on how to strengthen women’s political and civic participation in developing countries is published.

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 how to increase the civic and political participation of women, especially in developing countries. According to the university, this is the first time Wayne State University has received a USAID grant.

Our report is now published and available here:  Women’s Participation 2017

PIs included Dr. Stine Eckert (communication), Dr. Sharon Lean and Dr. Kyu-Nahm Jun from political science. Graduate student team members were Ph.D. candidates Juan Liu (communication), Nicole Gerring and Matthew Lacouture (political science) and Amanda Walker (history).

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.


FEBRUARY 6, 2017

My study “Fighting for recognition: Online abuse of women bloggers in Germany, Switzerland, UK and US” is now published in New Media & Society.

Women who blog about politics or identify as feminist in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States face great risks of online abuse. In-depth interviews with 109 bloggers who write about feminisms, family, and/or maternity politics revealed that 73.4% had negative experiences due to blogging and/or social media use. Most of these negative experiences involved not only abusive comments but also stalking, trolls, rape threats, death threats, and unpleasant offline encounters. Response strategies included moderating comments, exposing abuse, adaptation, and solidarity. I argue that the democratic potential of social media in democracies remains haphazard because online abuse is not fully recognized as entangling online and offline communication, constituted and constructed through technological, legal, social, and cultural factors. Using the theoretical approaches of digital feminisms, I call for more systematic empirical work on global recognition of online abuse as punishable crime

DECEMBER 10, 2016

My 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.


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.

JUNE 2016

bookMy study with Linda Steiner on Feminist Uses of Social Media is now published in MAY 2016“>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.


WHO Grant to Research Emergency Risk Communication

photoSince the winter semester 2016 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.