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RIA #43: Dr. Adriane Brown on IRB Logistics for Online Research


Dr. Adriane Brown

Dr. Adriane Brown

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Adriane Brown, Assistant Professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her research focuses on contemporary American youth, examining the ways that youth develop gendered, racial, and sexual subjectivities in different spaces–both physical and virtual. Her work on teenage girls’ digital subjectivities has appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (third edition). She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the salience of gender and race in high school policy debate. Adriane particularly enjoys incorporating digital media into her research, whether as a primary site of data collection–such as Taylor Swift fan forums–or as a means of engaging in traditional research practices–such as using instant messenger to conduct interviews with research subjects. Adriane teaches courses on a wide range of topics, including youth studies, popular culture, feminist theory, and masculinities, in addition to core introductory courses in the field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She also serves as director of the Anne Pedersen Women’s Resource Center at Augsburg College. Outside of work, Adriane enjoys hiking, traveling, and eating with her wife, Jess, and their son, Sam.

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Segment 1: Research on Digital Environments and Girlhood [00:00-12:17]

In this first segment, Adriane shares about some of her research on Taylor Swift fan sites and MySpace.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: IRB Logistics [12:18-22:46]

In segment two, Adriane shares about what she learned applying to the IRB for digital research on adolescent girls.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Being a Feminist Researcher [22:47-34:02]

In segment three, Adriane discusses what it means to her to be a feminist researcher.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

  • Brown, A. (2016). “She isn’t whoring herself out like a lot of other girls we see”: Heterornormative Propriety and ‘Authentic’ American Girlhood on Taylor Swift Fan Forums. Forthcoming in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies. Third edition. Eds. Seidman and Fischer.
  • Brown, A. & Thomas, M. (2014). “I just like knowing they can look at it and realize who I really am”: Recognition and the limits of girlhood agency on MySpace. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39, 4.

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