patrice oppliger

Patrice Oppliger

Assistant Professor, Communication

About Patrice Oppliger

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.


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