patrice oppliger

Patrice Oppliger

Assistant Professor, Media Science

About Patrice Oppliger

Dr. Oppliger teaches mass media theory and research methods. 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 six 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), “The Dark Side of Stand-Up Comedy” (2020), and “Transmasculinity on Television” (2022). She has also published articles and book chapters on humor and is a past president of the International Society for Humor Studies.


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