Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: 217 Lake Ontario Hall
Dr. Mason teaches WGS 255: Gender and Popular Culture, WGS 335: Women, Health, and Environment, and WGS 200: Introduction to Gender Studies. She has been a faculty director and faculty fellow for Women’s Leadership House.
Her research interests center on representations of women in popular culture in two separate but related areas: breast health in mainstream magazines and representations of mothers in popular television. In both media, her analysis focuses on the role of popular culture in creating and maintaining norms around motherhood, femininity, beauty ideals, power and agency.
Dr. Mason frequently participates in community discussions about popular culture and body image.
In Spring 2015, she served as a coach for the Georgetown Elementary School chapter of Girls on the Run, a national experience-based program designed to increase positive self-esteem and healthy behaviors in 3-5th grade girls .
“Mags Bennett--Outlaw Mother” in Justified and Philosophy: Shoot First, Think Later. Edited by Rod Carveth and Robert Arp. Open Court Publishers. (2015).
Unsexing Gender, Engendering Activism: Readings in Gender Studies. 2nd Edition. Edited with Danielle DeMuth, Debjani Chakravarty, and Ayana K. Weekley. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. (2015).
“Surgical Intervention: Critiquing the Representation of Breast Cancer in US Women’s Magazines Journal of American Culture 36.4 (2013).
“Lessons to Learn”: Constructions of Femininity in Popular Magazine Breast Health Narratives in Gender Forum Issue 26 (2009).
Unsexing Gender, Engendering Activism: Readings in Gender Studies. Edited with Danielle DeMuth. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. (2009).
“The Selling of Breast Cancer: A Feminist Critique of Breast Cancer Related Advertisements. In Women, Wellness and Media. Edited by Margaret Wiley. Cambridge Scholars Publishers (2008).