Patrice Oppliger

Assistant Professor, Communication

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BA, University of Nebraska at Kearney
MA, University of Maine
PhD, University of Alabama

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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 has published two books: Wrestling and Hypermasculinity (2004) and Girls… Read more

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 has published two books: Wrestling and Hypermasculinity (2004) and Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture (2008). She has also published articles and book chapters on humor and is an active member of The International Society for Humor Studies.

 

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    • Rockport High School bans yoga pants

      February 9, 2014

      WFXT Patrice Oppliger, College of Communication Rockport High School bans yoga pants because they are not part of the dress code… View video interviewing expert Patrice Oppliger

    • Mainstreaming of mean: Our age of nastiness, deceit and malice

      November 15, 2013

      Toronto Star Patrice Oppliger, College of Communication Two nurses are fighting on my TV… Expert quote: “I feel like it used to be if one of our friends fell down, we’d wait to see if they were OK before we laughed. I feel like we just laugh now.” View full article

    • How to counter online bullies

      October 30, 2013

      CNN.com Patrice Oppliger, College of Communication In middle and high school in Mauldin, South Carolina, Simpson was an early adopter of AOL Instant Messenger and other chat programs, and she used them to needle and taunt her friends and classmates… Expert quote: “I left the movie wanting to be a mean girl. Everybody was mean […]

    • Men finding new hobbies to help relax, socialize

      February 4, 2013

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Patrice Oppliger, College of Communication On a recent Tuesday afternoon, following a morning of throwing elbows and running suicide sprints, professional soccer players Matt Reis, Kelyn Rowe, and Chris Tierney left their field with plans to, as Reis put it, “go unwind.”… Expert quote: “Since men are marrying later, they tend […]

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