• Title Assistant Professor, Communication
  • Office 704 Commonwealth Ave, 401A
  • Education BA, University of Nebraska at Kearney
    MA, University of Maine
    PhD, University of Alabama

Dr. Oppliger teaches mass communication theory and research methods. She is particularly interested in persuasion and mass media effects theories. Oppliger’s research focuses on the influence of the media and popular culture on adolescents’ development, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is the author of five books: Wrestling and Hypermasculinity (2004), Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture (2008), Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture (2013), Tweencom Girls: Gender and Adolescence in Disney and Nickelodeon Sitcoms (2019), and The Dark Side of Stand-Up Comedy (2020). She has also published articles and book chapters on humor and is the current president of the International Society for Humor Studies.

Departments/Site Areas
Communication and Research
Degree Programs
MS in Mass Communication