Andrea L. Press

Andrea Press


Department of Media Studies

221 Wilson Hall

PO Box 400866

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4866

Office Hours:

Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm and by appointment

B.A., Bryn Mawr College

M.A., University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Andrea Press is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia, where she also served as Executive Director of the Virginia Film Festival and serves as a College Fellow. She came to the University of Virginia in 2006 to shepherd the Media Studies Program to departmental status and to begin its graduate program. Her last appointment was at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where she directed the Media Studies Program for nine years, was one of the producers of the Roger Ebert Festival of Overlooked Films, received the Arnold O. Beckman award for excellence in research, and was the recipient of a faculty fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the year before she left. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. is in Sociology and Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She has a wide range of interdisciplinary interests spanning the social sciences and the humanities which comprise Media Studies. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, Professor Press held faculty positions at the University of California at Davis, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, the London School of Economics, and Hebrew University in departments as diverse as communications, sociology, writing studies, social psychology, film, and women’s studies. She held an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Medical College of the University of Kentucky, was scholar-in-residence at the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research, and has served as Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at Hebrew University.  Press is the recipient of several grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, and Soroptimist International.

Professor Press is internationally known for her interdisciplinary scholarship on the media audience, on feminist media issues, and on media and social class in the U.S. She has authored or edited the forthcoming US Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday SexismThe Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, Feminist Reception Studies in a Post-Audience Age, The New Feminist Television Studies, Media and Class, The New Media Environment, Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women, and Women Watching Television: Gender, Class And Generation In The American Television Experience.  For the past fifteen years she has co-edited the journal The Communication Review, and has also edited book series in feminist media studies for the University of Pennsylvania Press and the University of Illinois Press. Professor Press’ work has been translated into Egyptian Arabic and Chinese.  Professor Press is known for pioneering the use of qualitative research methods to study the cultural impact of the media in the U.S., and for innovative work on media “impact” vis-a-vis members of different genders and social classes. Professor Press has published numerous essays, articles, and chapters on feminist media theory, social class and the media, and media audiences. Her forthcoming book USMedia-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism offers an analysis of the way feminist representations in the media impacts men and women of different ages and social class backgrounds. Press currently serves as Vice-Chair/Chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association.

Selected Publications

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism
Routledge, May 2019

The New Feminist Television Studies
Lambert Academic Publishing, Jan 2019

Feminist Reception Studies in a Post-Audience Age
Routledge, Feb 2018

Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture
Routledge, Oct 2017

The New Media Environment
Wiley-Blackwell, Aug 2010

Speaking Of Abortion
University of Chicago Press, Apr 1999

Women Watching Television
University of Pennsylvania Press, Mar 1991

Faculty and Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman

  • Associate Professor of Arabic Literature

Abigail Arnold

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality

Lanice Avery

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology

Lawrie Balfour

  • Professor of Politics

Rae Blumberg

  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology

Alison Booth

  • Professor of English

Feyza Burak-Adli

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Middle East Studies

André Cavalcante

  • Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Shilpa Davé

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies

Corinne Field

  • Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Susan Fraiman

  • Professor of English

Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor

Lisa Goff

  • Assistant Professor of English and American Studies

Bonnie Hagerman

  • Director of Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Claire Kaplan

  • Director of The Gender Violence and Social Change Program

Anne Behnke Kinney

  • Professor of Chinese

Edith "Winx" Lawrence

  • Professor of Education in Clinical and School Psychology and Director, Young women Leaders Program and Program Chair, Youth and Social Innovation

Karlin Luedtke

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Assistant Dean in College of A&S

Lorna Martens

  • Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Fred Maus

  • Associate Professor of Music

Deborah E. McDowell

  • Alice Griffin Professor of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute

Susan McKinnon

  • Professor of Anthropology

Doug Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Farzaneh Milani

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Jaronda Miller-Bryant

  • Program Director of Global Outreach and Engaged Scholarship and Associate Director of Young Women Leaders Program

Bridget Murphy

  • Program Administrator

K. Sara Myers

  • Professor of Classics

Emily Ogden

  • Assistant Professor of English

Victoria Olwell

  • Associate Professor of English

Geeta Patel

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology

Gustavo Pellón

  • Professor of Spanish

Andrea L. Press

  • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology

Allison Pugh

  • Professor of Sociology

Claire Raymond

  • Lecturer a the Department of Art History and Sociology

Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English

Marlon Ross

  • Professor of English

Lynn M. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Shutt

  • Lecturer of African American & African Studies

Karl Shuve

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Lisa Speidel

  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Denise Walsh

  • Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Gweneth West

  • Professor of Costume Design

Kath Weston

  • Professor of Anthropology

W. Bradford Wilcox

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology

Eleanor V. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Instruction and Special Education

Nicholas J. G. Winter

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Woolfork

  • Associate Professor of English