Erika Polson

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Critical researcher of global media and socio-cultural change in relation to globalization. Author of “Privileged mobilities: Professional migration, geo-social media, and a new global middle class” (Peter Lang, 2016).

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My research explores cultural changes in relation to new media arising in the techno-social and political-economic milieux of globalization, and I’ve established a particular interest in new middle classes as sites for studying these developments. Drawing from conceptions of ‘the middle class’ as an aspirational social space, I’ve been interested in how innovative media forms become sites for creating and negotiating the parameters around distinctive identities that can be mobilized to forge new routes for upward mobility in changing and competitive global contexts. (9/11/16)


Ph.D., Mass Communications, 2009; College of Communication, The Pennsylvania State University. (Dissertation: Connected, but to What? A Case Study of New Media, Mobility, and Transnational Belonging in Global Paris)

Master of Arts, Integrated Marketing Communications, 1999; Emerson College.

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (Emphasis: Latin American Studies), 1996; Oregon State University. Cum Laude


Polson, E. (2016). Privileged Mobilities: Professional Migration, Geo-social media, and a new global middle class. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Polson, E. & Whiteside, E. (June 2016). “Getting in the Game: A Rising India and the Question of Global Sport.” International Journal of Communication. Available online:

Polson, E. (2016). “Negotiating independent mobility: Single female expats in Bangalore.” European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(5). Published online in advance:

Polson, E. (2015). “A Gateway to the Global City: Mobile Place-making Practices by Expats.” New Media & Society, 17(4): 629-645.

Polson, E. & Whiteside, E. (2014). “Passing to India: A Critical Look at American Football's Expansion.” Media, Culture & Society, 36(5): 661-678.

Polson, E. (2011). “Belonging to the Network Society: Social Media and the Production of a New Global Middle Class.” Communication, Culture & Critique, 4(2): 144-163.

Polson, E. & Kahle, S. (2010). “Limits of National Discourse on a Transnational Phenomenon: Britain, Immigration, and the 'Body' Politic.” International Communication Gazette, 72(3): 251-268.

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Deadline Extended: CFP for NCA Preconference on Media & Class in the 21st Century

November 9 2016
Call for Papers
DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sept. 20th: NCA Preconference on Media and Class A few people have asked us to extend the deadline to submit to Media and Class in the 21st Century, so we've decided to extend it for everybody. The new and final deadline is September 20; with acceptance notices going out Oct. 1...
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