Megan Wood

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Megan Wood
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Performing Arts Center 127
525 South Main Street, Ada, OH, 45810
Academic Credentials
Research Interests
Cultural Studies (practice, pedagogy, history), Media and Technology Studies, Cultural Economy, Critical Corporate Studies, Surveillance Studies, Black Atlantic and Transnational Feminist Theory, U.S. Political and Popular Cultures
Employee degree:

BA, Christopher Newport University

MA, University of South Florida

PHD, Univ of North Carolina Chapel

Megan Wood is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture within the Communication and Media Studies program at Ohio Northern University. She holds a Ph.D. in communication and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Megan's research draws on her training in cultural studies, media & technology studies, feminist theory, and political economy. Interested in the relays between popular and political cultures, her recent projects include studies of melancholy as the dominant mood of the political present, the significance of the "billionaire space race,"  and the implications of corporate empowerment for political identity and domains of civic practice in the United States. Wood is also working on a textbook titled Gender as Keyword: A Primer on Communication and Culture in a Gendered World (co-authored with Kumi Silva of UNC-Chapel Hill).

Wood's scholarly work has been published in journals including Cultural Studies, the Journal of Cultural Economy, Lateral, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and in edited collections such as Feminist Surveillance Studies (Duke University Press) and Cultural Studies in the Classroom and Beyond: Critical Pedagogies and Classroom Strategies (Palgrave MacMillan). She also writes and speaks regularly on the histories and responsibilities of the practice of cultural studies and on teaching cultural studies, and is actively conspiring with others to build better, accessible spaces for enabling the kinds of transdisciplinary, collaborative work required for effectively facing the difficulties of our political present.

Wood currently serves as the Reviews and Commentaries editor for the Journal of Cultural Economy, and as a board member of both the Cultural Studies Association and the international Association for Cultural Studies.


Recent Scholarship: 

  • Wood, Megan M. Wood and Kumi Silva (under contract, forthcoming Spring 2024). Gender as Keyword: A Primer on Communication and Culture in a Gendered World. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. 
  • Wood, Megan M. (forthcoming, Summer 2024) “How the Light Gets In: Cultural Studies at the End of the World,” in No Surrender: Cultural Studies with Lawrence Grossberg, Lancaster & Vancouver: Imbricate! Press.
  • Fisher, Jill, Megan M. Wood, and Torin Monahan. (2021). Speculating on Precarious Income: Finance Cultures and the Risky Strategies of Healthy Volunteers in Clinical Drug Trials. Journal of Cultural Economy 14 (4): 464–484.
  • Wood, Megan M. (2019). On ‘Telling Better Stories’: Lawrence Grossberg and Cultural Studies in the Present. Cultural Studies 33 (1): 19–28.
  • Wood, Megan M. (2019). Conjuncturally Teaching. In Jaafar Aksikas and Sean Andrews (eds.) Cultural Studies in the Classroom and Beyond: Critical Pedagogies and Classroom Strategies. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Wood, Megan M. (2018). All in the Family? Journal of Cultural Economy 11 (1): 83-88.
  • Brownlow, Ryan and Megan M. Wood (co-first author). (2017). Not About White Workers: The Perils of Popular Ethnographic Narrative in the Time of Trump. Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 6 (2): 1–15.

Classes Taught: 

  • CAMS 1301: Presentational Speaking
  • CAMS 2321: Group Dynamics and Team Interaction
  • CAMS 3341: Communication, Gender, & Culture
  • CAMS 4431: Communication Theory
  • CAMS 4381: Communication, Gender, & Culture

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