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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Lucia Soriano

Lucia Soriano

Ph.D. Graduate Student, American Studies
M.A., Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University, 2014
B.A., Gender, Ethnic, and Multicultural Studies, Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2012

Curriculum vitae

Lucia hails from sunny Southern California and is the first woman in her family to pursue a doctoral degree. Her scholarly interests have been shaped by virtue of growing up in close proximity to the Los Angeles entertainment industry and coming into contact with the burgeoning culture that cultivates films, advertising campaigns, concerts, and television recordings. Her research interests include exploring the interrelation of mass media, consumer culture, and the industrial production of celebrity to further understand the significance and social function of celebrities in American society.

Research Interests

  • Celebrity studies
  • Media studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Stardom/celebrity culture
  • Reality TV
  • Gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae


Book Reviews
  • Domestic Disturbances: Re-Imagining Narratives of Gender, Labor, and Immigration. Irene Mata. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014. 204 pp. $55.00 cloth. The Journal of Popular Culture. Vol 49, Issue 1.


  • Dr. Edward R. Meyer Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University, 2015–2016
  • College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment Fellowship, Washington State University, Summer 2015


  • Coulter Viola Vestal Fellowship, Washington State University, 2015–2016
  • Research Assistantship for Diverse Scholars (RADS), The Graduate School at Washington State University, Washington State University, 2014–2015


Papers Presented
  • 2016 “Taylor Swift & Company: The Ruthless Capitalism and Selective Cultivation of a Celebrity Entourage,” 3rd International Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, with Nick Krebs, June 28–30.
  • 2016 “On How the Bodies of Women of Color Matter in TLC’s Love, Lust, or Run and Dare to Wear,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, March 30–April 2.
  • 2016 “Aristocracy, Meritocracy, and American Cultural Royalty: Analyzing the Ascension of Celebrity Power Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West” with Nick Krebs, Popular Culture Association, March 22–25.
  • 2015 “Kardashian Kulture: Empire, Racial Ambiguity, and the Global Celebrity Body,” Popular Culture Association, April 1–4.

Professional Affiliations

  • Popular Culture Association, 2014–Present
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2016–Present

Contact Ms. Soriano
Wilson-Short Hall 114

Fall 2017 Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and by appointment

Course Materials

Fall 2017
Past Courses