Dr. Michele White

•  Associate Professor  •
Communication Dept., 219 Newcomb Hall
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

 Dr. Michele White


Michele White studies media and visual culture, with a research emphasis on the theories that can be developed for analyzing new communication technologies and the representations and political implications that occur with the Internet. She teaches Internet and new media studies, television and film theory, visual culture studies, feminist theory, gender and queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies.

In Buy It Now: Lessons from eBay, White analyzes how eBay's promises to fulfill all desires, to deliver any object, to provide an equitable community, and that "Whatever it is, you can get it on eBay" while eBay produces normative gender, racial, and sexuality positions and a setting in which people work for the company without economic compensation. She provides detailed studies of how buyers, sellers, and viewers work within and subvert the English language site and uses this research to propose theories about community, consumption, collecting, identity and embodiment. White considers how spectatorial positions are produced by Internet settings in The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship. She is currently working on Producing Women: Representational Practices and Traditional Femininities in Internet Settings and Elements of the Internet: Rethinking the Network and Information Technology Workers.



 ·         New Media and Internet Studies
 ·         Technology Analysis
 ·         New Media Analysis
 ·         Communication, Culture and the Body: Feminism, SF, and    Technology
 ·         Communication, Culture and the Body: Dangerous Bodies
 ·         New Media Theory

Research Interests

  • Media and Visual Culture Studies
  • Theories for Researching New Media Technologies
  • Representations and Political Implications of the Internet
  • Feminist and Queer Theory




Single-Authored Books

Buy It Now: Lessons from eBay. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012.

The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.


Recent Articles

"The Dirt on 'Trash the Dress' Resistance: Photographers, Brides, and the Mess of Post-wedding Imaging Sessions," Critical Studies in Media Communication 29, 2 (2012): 113-131.

"Dirty Brides and Internet Settings: The Affective Pleasures and Troubles with Trash the Dress Photography Sessions," South Atlantic Quarterly 110, 3 (Summer 2011): 645-672.

"Engaged with eBay: How Heterosexual Unions and Traditional Gender Roles Are Rendered by the Site and Members," Feminist Media Studies 11, 3 (September 2010): 303-319.

"Babies Who Touch You: Reborn Dolls, Artists, and the Emotive Display of Bodies on eBay," Political Emotions, ed. Janet Staiger, Ann Cvetkovich, and Ann Reynolds. London: Routledge Press, 2010: 66-89.

"Listing eBay Masculinity: Erotic Exchanges and Regulation in 'Gay' and 'Gay Interest' Underwear and Swimwear Auctions," Journal of Gender Studies 19, 1 (2010): 43-58.



  The Graduate School and University Center
  of the City University of New York

  Hunter College, MFA

  Rhode Island School of Design, BFA



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Communication Dept., Tulane U., 219 Newcomb Hall, 1229 Broadway, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5730