Megan M. Wood

Department of Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I’m currently a Royster Fellow studying in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My teaching and research is committed to the practice of cultural studies, and currently spans the areas of media and technology, history, political economy and feminist theory as I work toward building contextual analyses of modern and contemporary formations of political power. I pay special attention to the role of media (from television and social media to home appliances and financial instruments) in shaping popular senses of proper citizenship and governance. I have two primary current research projects: the first attempts to advance our understanding of “Trumpism” (something more and different than electoral support for Donald Trump) by tracing its elements through a genealogy of corporate personhood and American corporate culture. The second critically examines the explanatory work performed by the figure of “the white working class” in light of the political events of 2016.

In addition to these projects, I also write and present regularly on the histories and responsibilities of the practice of cultural studies, and in line with it’s commitment to transdiciplinarity and collaboration, am engaged in several additional research projects on issues such as surveillance and bio-science, the state of feminism, and precarious forms of work. 



Christopher Newport University 2011

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University in Newport News Virginia in 2011. I also earned a minor in Leadership Studies and completed the President’s Leadership Program. While there, I worked on a research team led by Michaela Meyer doing various critical and qualitative analyses of emerging adult TV viewers.

University of South Florida 2013

From Virginia, I moved to Tampa, Florida and earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a specialty in Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Florida. I worked under Rachel Dubrofsky.  While in Tampa, I served as the editorial assistant for Rachel’s and Shoshana Magnet’s Feminist Surveillance Studies anthology published with Duke University Press and published some research in that area of study.

University of North Carolina expected 2020

Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate writing my dissertation in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working under the advisement of Lawrence Grossberg. Since I’ve been at UNC, I have organized funded conferences (e.g. Feminisms Here and Now) and workshops (e.g. The NOW Retreat), collaborated on externally-funded research teams (e.g. Healthyvoices/CMORE), and served as a communication consultant for the UNC School of Government Leading with Results program. I’ve also published on a variety of topics, including the histories and pedagogies of Cultural Studies, surveillance and social media, the cultural economy of clinical trial participation, and the figure of the white working class (see Research Projects tab for more info). I also served as an Associate Member Representative for the Surveillance Studies Network, as Treasurer for the Graduate Student’s Association, and manage the UNC Cultural Studies certificate program.

Current Positions

Lovick P. Corn Royster Fellow

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A limited number of Royster Dissertation Fellows are selected annually by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty on the basis of their superior achievement in graduate study, the significance of their dissertation research, and their potential as future leaders. During this fellowship, I’ll be working on completing the writing of my dissertation. To read about the Royster Society of Fellows, click the link to the left.

Instructor of Record

Friday Center for Continuing Education

Attuned to the broader societal and humane possibilities of making education available inside prisons, I created and teach one of the first self-paced, by-mail correspondence courses (Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication) tied to an accredited degree program through a partnership between my department at UNC and the Friday Center for Continuing Education. For more information on the Friday Center, click the link to the left.

I assist a research project led by Dr. Jill Fisher of the Center for Bioethics at UNC. The project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, originated as a 5-year study designed to explore the participation of healthy volunteers in Phase I clinical trials in the U.S. With a 4-year renewal, the project is now working on generating ethics and policy guidance that can provide advances in healthy volunteer welfare and the translational efficacy of Phase I trials. For more information, navigate to the project’s info pages by clicking the links to the left.

Managing Partner

oneDegree Media Group

I co-run a creative design and consulting company that offers media design and consulting services to individuals, small businesses, academic organizations, and nonprofit groups. oneDegree recently appeared at Civics: Design’s Duty, an event asking how professionals and citizens can engage in aiding civic and social progress through the levers of design and technology. To contact oneDegree Media Group, click the link to the left.


Feel free to contact me regarding questions, copies of my work, interviews and speaking engagements, or to collaborate!

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