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About Clay Steinman, Retired

Steinman can discuss the role of mass media in society as well as a variety of media and film issues including news media coverage, political advertising, television viewing habits and stereotypes in Hollywood films. His research interests include the impact of television and film on culture, and racism and Hollywood film. He teaches courses on critical media theory, film history and analysis, racism and the media, and gender and media.
Steinman is the co-author of Consuming Environments: Television and Commercial Culture, which explores how television has helped create a culture of consumerism and over-consumption. He is a former journalist, writing for newspapers and other news organizations such as The Nation and Xinhua, the China news agency.
EDUCATION: A.B., Duke University
M.S., Columbia University
M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Steinman has been teaching at Macalester since 1993.


Present Professor, Media & Cultural Studies, Macalester College

Curriculum Vitae


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  • Foundations of Media Studies
  • History of Film 1893-1941

Contact Information

Media and Cultural Studies
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Journal Articles (13)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (17)