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Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis

Post-doctoral teaching fellow

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A., Drake University, 2014
  2. M.A., Colorado State University, 2016
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2021

Derek Lewis studies how popular culture and everyday interactions help to shape how people feel, understand, and act during widespread duress and crisis. His dissertation examines how the Saw franchise circulated through various popular media and news outlets to structure meanings of monsters, victims, and places alongside feelings of vulnerability, strangeness, and righteousness during the “war on terror.” Derek has taught or assisted a variety of courses in public speaking, introduction to communication, gender and communication, and is scheduled to teach Rhetoric of Film and Television in Spring 2021.