Dr. Lori Bindig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program, and the Director of the Performing Arts minor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was awarded the title of University Fellow in 2004. Dr. Bindig also holds a BA in American Studies, a BFA in Musical Theatre, and a MA in Communication from the University of Hartford along with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory through the Department of Women’s Studies at UMass. Dr. Bindig’s research spans a variety of fields, but primarily focuses on the intersection of media and youth culture, with an emphasis on femininity within consumer culture.  Her scholarship includes critical analyses of popular teen television programs as well as the design and implementation of a media literacy intervention for eating disorder treatment. Dr. Bindig has published her research as monographs with Lexington Books as well as in Routledge, Pearson, and Greenwood anthologies. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and received popular media coverage for her work.