Category Archives: Research

My research investigates the relationship between media and psychological development and identity. I earned undergraduate degrees in Brain and Cognitive Science and Comparative Media Studies from MIT, with an emphasis on psychological development, television, and new media, and a Masters from USC’s School for Cinematic Arts in Critical Studies with a focus on youth culture and identity development. I have also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and research groups at the MIT Media Lab, MIT Face & Object Recognition Lab, USC Keck Medical School, and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Drawing on theories from psychology and communication, my dissertation (Abstract) focuses on the perception of demographic group exclusion, or absence of one’s demographic groups (e.g., race, gender) from media, and its effects on viewer identification, message reception, and community-oriented behaviors.

Inspired to learn by my own relationship with media, I focus on real world examples in the classroom to foster media literacy and encourage students to apply coursework to their own lives. My graduate education has prepared me to teach classes in Psychology and Communication, including Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, Health Communication, Introduction to Media Studies, and Psychology of Interactive Media.

Target vs. Total Market: The Paradox of Diverse Mainstream Content

In Lind (Ed.). Race/Gender/Class/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers (4th Edition). Routledge. Available at amazon.com/Race-Gender-Class-Media-Considering/dp/1138069795. It’s here! So excited to be included in such a great collection!! pic.twitter.com/e6XBr1Qt44 — Charisse L'Pree, PhD (@charisselpree) June 21, 2019

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Developing and Defending Mixed Identity: Lessons from the Caribbean Diaspora

With parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Ken says he is one‐third Chinese, one‐sixth Scottish, one‐fourth African, two‐sevenths Amerindian, one‐seventh Welsh, half Trinidadian, one‐tenth Barbadian, four‐fifths Guyanese, and therefore, a “true true full‐ blooded West Indian stereotype.” (Ken Corsbie in Dindayal, … Continue reading

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Teaching Diversity through Satire Literacy at #AEJMC2019 in Toronto

Thanks to my co author Kiah Bennet and all of the students that joined me on this journey! Read more at charisselpree.me/category/research/satire Abstract Several studies reveal that satire is popular among young audiences, making it a potential didactic tool for … Continue reading

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Critical and Curious: A Fast and Furious Podcast

I’m excited to announce my newest podcast with Bob Thompson! We explore the cultural impact of Fast and Furious through the lens of pop culture history, media theory, and representations of race, class, and gender. Continue reading

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17th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media: Jonathan Jackson of BLAVITY

Just talking about the little things: changing identity in a digital sphere, marketing to millennials, and intersectional Blackness. Continue reading

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Chatting about Diversity Education in Media with Joy Reid

On Tuesday, I had the awesome honor and privilege to chat with Joy Reid, MSNBC correspondent and host of AMJoy, about her definitions of diversity, and the experience of teaching diversity and inclusion classes to the next generation of media … Continue reading

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Master Class: Psychology of Fake News

I will be teaching a master class at the Chautauqua Institute on the Psychology of Fake News on Tuesday, August 15. You can sign up here: chq.org/season/take-a-class. Full Description: Fake news is not new. Its current incarnation is the outcome of … Continue reading

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