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Elizabeth Fakazis, Ph. D. 

Media Studies

CAC 327



  • B.A. Degree: Biology/English Literature, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • M.A. Degree: Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Ph.D. Degree: Journalism, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Janet Malcolm: Constructing a Journalist's Identity

Courses Taught

  • First Year Semnar: Telling Life Stories Through Food
  • Comm 101 - Oral Communication, Critical Thinking/Honors sections
  • Comm 106 -  Media Theory, History, Criticism
  • Comm 192 - Constructing Media Narratives
  • Comm 220 - Evolution of Media
  • Comm 221 - Basic Journalism: Newswriting and Reporting
  • Comm 292 - Transmedia Narratives
  • Comm 321 - Intermediate Journalism: Newswriting and Reporting II
  • Comm 322 - Digital Photography: History, Criticism, Practice
  • Comm 323 - Special Topic: Beyond the Hive
  • Comm 323 - Journalism Writing Laboratory
    • Food & Travel Writing
    • Feature Writing
  • Comm 327 - Study abroand: Food and Wine of Greece
  • Comm 329 - Creative Nonfiction
  • Comm 329 - Topics in Journalism
    • The New Journalism and the 1960s
  • Comm 334 - Public Relations Writing
  • Comm 374 - The Art of Criticism
  • Comm 460 - Media Studies Capstone
  • Comm 720 - Seminar in Mass Communication
  • Media & Cultural Studies


Elizabeth Fakazis' research focuses on culinary journalism and entertainment media. She is currently drawing on her years of field experience leading a study abroad program on culinary journalism and sustainable tourism to examine the roles that food media play in constructing culinary tourism destinations and how these relate to contemporary problems in sustainability. She is also examining the roles that media play in constructing children's culinary culture.  


Recent Conferences 


June 2017.  "Growing Up Foodies," presented to the Association for the Study of Food and Society annual meeting, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.

July 2015. "Children's Culinary Culture: Why It Matters," presented to the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, St. Catherine's College, Oxford.

Nov. 2013.  "Teaching Food as Communication Through Study Abroad," presented to the National Communication Association pre-conference seminar "Our Place at the Table: Deepening Connections Between Food and Communication," Washington, D.C.

June 2012. "Men, Masculinity and Cooking," paper presented to the Association for the Study of Food and Society annual conference, New York University and The New School, New York, New York.

March 2012.  Past-times and Social Media," participated as an invited roundtable panelist for the National Communication Association pre-conference seminar "From Foodies to Famine: Food as Communication, Contradiction and Community," Orlando, Florida.


Recent Publications


May 2017. "Cool Kids Cook: Girls and Boys in the Foodie Kitchen," in Szabo, M. and S. Koch (eds.) Food, Masculinities, Home (Oxford: Bloomsbury).

May 2016. "Children's Culinary Culture: Why It Matters," in Mark McWilliams (ed.) Food and Communication: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2015 (London: Prospect Books).

 August 2011. “Esquire” Mans the Kitchenette,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.

“Food Journalism” and “The New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel” in Christopher H. Sterling (ed.) Encyclopedia of Journalism, Volumes 1-6 (New York: Sage 2009).

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