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About Dr. Christopher Boulton

I am delighted to be working in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa where I teach a combination of critical theory, creative production, and travel courses that promote UT’s commitment to the liberal arts, internationalism, and learning by doing. My doctoral dissertation, Rebranding Diversity, used qualitative methods to critique the intersection of race, gender, and class within advertising agencies. Since coming to UT, I have been invited to present this work to both industrial and academic audiences. In 2012, I delivered a commissioned talk entitled “The Ghosts of Mad Men” at the Sustainability Summit in New York City. The following Spring, I published my analysis as a book chapter in The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. In 2014, this research earned an invitation to speak as part of the Diversity Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity at the University of Florida. The following year, I published two more chapters of my dissertation as peer-reviewed journal articles. The first examined cultural code switching and stereotype threat for Howard Journal of Communications and the second considered how color-blindness cloaks opportunity hoarding for tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. I have also written book chapters on media activism movements ranging from the common cause of second-wave feminism and conservative religion for New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law, to the fight against draconian copyright regimes that chill free speech for Media Education for a Digital Generation, to how the “KONY 2012” social media campaign became the most viral video in history for Debates for the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Our Online World. I've written on the advantages, challenges, and creative opportunities of being a scholar-practitioner for the Journal of Media Literacy Education. I've also written for NBC THINK, Ad Age, Adweek and am a regular contributor to MediaVillage. My first feature documentary, Life After Life, premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival. My short film Power Trip, a nostalgic voyage through space and time, won the art category at the RATMA International Film Festival in Keighley, England, was screened at the Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media in Stuttgart, Germany and the Revelation Film Festival in Perth, Australia, and published in the [in]Transition Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies. My experimental film Salvage has screened at 18 festivals worldwide and won a Director's Choice Award at the 40th annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival. I am grateful to the University of Tampa's Faculty Development Committee for supporting my scholarly and creative output through a series of Dana, Delo, and RISE grants. For more, please see my website:


Present Associate Professor of Communication, University of Tampa

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

communication, cultural studies, race and ethnicity, qualitative methodology, advertising, documentary, videographic criticism, media literacy, consumer culture, class, fair use, feminism, opportunity hoarding, sex and gender, and semiotics

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Contact Information

Christopher Boulton, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication
University of Tampa
Office: CA 102
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
(413) 687-2720


Journal Articles (8)

Book Chapters (4)

Trade/Popular Press (4)

Graduate Work (2)

Films (4)

Video Essays (10)