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Elizabeth Hatfield

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Elizabeth Hatfield

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Office: S1079
713-226-5515
hatfielde@uhd.edu

Elizabeth Fish Hatfield serves the Department of Arts and Humanities at University of Houston – Downtown as an Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication. She joined UHD after completing her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2011.  Prior to that, Dr. Hatfield completed her M.A. at Fordham University and B.S. at Georgetown University.  She also worked in marketing and public relations serving the financial industries for five years. Dr. Hatfield acts as the faculty advisor for the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, at UHD.  

Georgetown University, B.S. (Marketing & Human Resources Major/Psychology Minor)

Fordham University, M.A. (Telecommunications and Media Studies)

Texas A&M University, Ph.D. {Member, The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi} (Communication)

COMM 1304 Introduction to Communication

COMM 2307 Intercultural Communication

COMM 2309 Interpersonal Communication

COMM 3305 Fundamentals of Communication Technology

COMM 3310 Women, Men, and Communication

Dr. Hatfield has a Ph.D. in Communication and maintains an active research agenda focused on family, gender and culture in the mass media. In particular, she considers how mediated parenting messages impact the lived experience of parents, including issues such as work/life balance and gender roles. Her dissertation addressed how celebrity media shapes the experience of pregnancy and parenthood for audience members including issues of identity, body image, and social comparison. During graduate school, Dr. Hatfield's coursework also prepared her to teach a wide variety of courses in Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1306, 2307, 2309, 3308, 3310, 3316, 3320, 3328, 3330), Media Studies (COMM 1302, 3305, 3311, 3317, 4325) and Communication Methods (COMM 3314, 3320, 3325). Her continued work in family communication and relational communication also supports her qualifications to teach such a wide variety of courses.

Publications

Books

Hatfield, E.F. (Expected 2016).  Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Intersections Across Identities, Genders, and Cultures.  Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hatfield, E. (2016).  “Lessons from Celebrity Parents: Unintended Audience Learning from Celebrity News Stories.” Media Report to Women, 44(2).

Hatfield, E. (2010).  “What it Means to Be a Man”: Examining Hegemonic Masculinity in Two and a Half Men.”  Communication, Culture & Critique, 3, p. 526-548. 

Hatfield, E. (2009).  “Protecting ‘Signal Bleed’ as Freedom of Speech: An Analysis of United States et al v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc.,” Communication Law Review, 9(2), p. 46-62.  


Book Chapters 

Hatfield, E.F. (Expected 2016). “Sitcoms and Work/Life Balance: Examining Popular Representations of Gender Roles, Organizational Culture, and Work/Life Spillover.”  In E. Hatfield (Ed.) Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Intersections Across Identities, Genders, and Cultures.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Hatfield, E.F. and Hampsten, K. (Expected 2016).  “Tracing the Daddy Wars: The Emergence of Dad Culture and the Prioritization of Work-Life Balance.”  In E. Hatfield (Ed.) Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Intersections Across Identities, Genders, and Cultures.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hafield, E.F. (2016) “The Influence of Celebrity Persona on Audience Member’s Consumption Practices as Parents.”  In S. Nandy and J. Raphael (Eds.) Where is the Persona in Celebrity Studies? Kingston: WaterHill Publishing.  

Hatfield, E. (2015).  “Mental Health and Unintended Pregnancy: Exploring Carrie Mathison’s Homeland Pregnancy.”  In S. Hayden and H. Huntley (Eds.), Mediated Moms: Contemporary Challenges to the Motherhood Myth. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Hatfield, E. (2014).  “Valuing Family, Valuing Work: A Comparison of ‘Balance’ Discourse Targeting Mothers and Fathers.” In A. Martinez and L. Miller (Eds.), Challenging Social Norms & Gender Marginalization in a Transitional Era.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hatfield, E. (2012).  “The Checkout Line Perspective: Presidential Politics as Celebrity Popular Culture in People.”  In J. Vaughn and L. Goren (Eds.) Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture and Presidential Politics.  University of Kentucky Press. [Book awards include the Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology and the Peter C. Rollins Award for Popular Culture]

Book Reviews              

Hatfield, E.F. (expected 2017). Sylvia Plath and the language of affective states (Z. Demjen). Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 

Hatfield, E.F. (expected 2016). This year’s model: Fashion, media, and the making of glamour (E. Wissinger). The Popular Culture Studies Journal, 4(1).

Work In Progress

Hatfield, E.F. (expected 2017). Establishing the family in popular media: Making sense of the first First Man. In J. Vaughn and L. Goren (Eds.) Women and the White House, 2nd Edition. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. 

Hatfield, E.F. (expected 2017). Celebrities as working parents: Social learning, celebrity mystique, and family life. In K. Vaidya (Ed.) Celebrity studies for the curious: Why study celebrities? Queensland, AU: The Curious Academic Publishing.  

Conference Presentations       

Hatfield, E.F. “Communicating Work/Life Challenges within the Family.”  Work Family Researchers Network 2016 Conference.  Washington, DC, June 23-25, 2016.

Hatfield, E.F. “Implementing High Impact Practices through Core Curriculum, teaching circles, and innovative assignments.”  Southern States Communication Association’s 16th Annual Convention, Austin, TX, April 6-10, 2016.

Hatfield, E.F. “Sitcoms and Work/Life Balance: Examining Popular Representations of Gender Roles, Organizational Culture, and Work/Life Spillover.”  National Communication Association’s 101st Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.  November 19-22, 2015.

Hatfield, E.F. “Taking Interpersonal and Family Communication Beyond the Academy.”  National Communication Association’s 101st Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.  November 19-22, 2015.

Hatfield, E.F. “Lessons from Celebrity Parents: Unintended Audience Learning from Celebrity News Stories.”  Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies 2015 Conference, Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism? New York, NY.  September 2-3, 2015.

Hatfield, E.F. and Hampsten, K. “Tracing the Daddy Wars: The Emergence of Dad Culture and the Prioritization of Work-Life Balance.” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.  April 1-4, 2015. 

Hatfield, E.F. (Keynote Address). “Bridging Worlds: How Teachers Can Moderate Social Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship In the Classroom.” TechFest ’14.  Houston, TX.  November 12, 2014.

Hatfield, E.F. “Mental Health and Unintended Pregnancy: Exploring Carrie Mathison’s Homeland Pregnancy.” National Communication Association’s 100th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.  November 20-23, 2014.

Hatfield, E.F. “It’s Not Me, It’s Cycling: Lance Armstrong’s Rhetorical Narrative Paradigm.” National Communication Association’s 99th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. November 21-24, 2013.

Hatfield, E.F. “The Joy of Celebrity Parenthood: Mediated Family Life and its Idealization in Celebrity Gossip Magazines.” National Communication Association’s 99th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. November 21-24, 2013.

Hatfield, E.F. “The People Behind the Politics: How Tabloids Impact the Election Process.” National Communication Association’s 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 17-20, 2011.

Hatfield, E.F. “Picturing Celebrity Parenthood: A Semiotic Analysis of Gendered Parenting in People Magazine.” National Communication Association’s 96th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, November 14-17, 2010.

Hatfield, E.F. “Valuing Work, Valuing Family: A Comparison of 'Balance' Discourse Targeting Mothers and Fathers.”  National Communication Association’s 96th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, November 14-17, 2010.

Hatfield, E.F. “More than Moms: Assessing Celebrity Magazines Coverage of Parenthood.” Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, April 7-11, 2010 [TOP STUDENT PAPER – Gender Studies Division].

Hatfield, E.F. "Women's Positive Experiences Using Dating Websites: Cultural Influences, Community and Empowerment Online." Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention, Memphis, TN, April 7-11, 2010.

Hatfield, E.F. “Framing the Olympic Opening Ceremony: NBC’s Use of Selectivity, Partiality, and Structure in Presenting the Beijing Olympics.” National Communication Association 95th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 12-15, 2009.

Hatfield, E.F. “What It Is to Be a Man: A Narrative Analysis of Masculinity in Two and a Half Men.” National Communication Association 95th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 12-15, 2009.

Hatfield, E.F. "Facebook as Speech Code: Considering its Application in the College Classroom." National Communication Association 94th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November 21-24, 2008.

Hatfield, E.F. “Protecting America’s Indecent Speech: An Analysis of United States et al v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc.” Midwestern Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 3-5, 2008.

Fish, E. “Revenue All-Stars: The Corporate Takeover of the Modern Stadium.”  Media Ecology Association Fourth Annual Conference, Hofstra University, June 6-8, 2003.

Conference Roundtable Participation

Hatfield, E. Panelist.  Panel Title: Understanding Working Fathers in the 21st Century.  Work Family Researchers Network Conference.  New York, NY, June 18-21, 2014. 

Hatfield, E. Panelist.  Panel Title: Exploring emotions and work family conflict.  Work Family Researchers Network Conference.  New York, NY, June 18-21, 2014. 

Hatfield, E. Panelist.  Panel Title: Mothering and Discourses of Responsibility; Forging Connection Between Rhetorical, Media Studies, Health Communication, and Organizational Communication Scholars.  National Communication Association’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 21-24, 2013. 

Hatfield, E. Children during graduate school: Coordinating challenges.  Panel Title: Juggling Knives and Hula Hoops.  International Communication Association’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 26-30, 2011.


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