Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. She currently oversees three research projects: the Teens & The New Media @ Home Project, which explores the introduction of digital and mobile media into U.S. family life (see the book, The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age); the Young MediaMakers Project, which is studying how young people across various walks of life get and share the news that is important to them in relation to their communities of concern; and the Global Students Online Project, which is studying the possibilities for enhanced intercultural understanding through media-making and online interactions. An ethnographer who has studied diverse U.S. families and young people for more than 15 years, Clark is interested in how the everyday uses of media shape peoples’ experiences of their social identities in the context of widening income inequality in the United States.
Clark’s latest book is The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. The University of Denver’s magazine published a nice summary.
Clark’s first book, From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003/2005) explored how young people from varied (and no) religious backgrounds interpreted popular culture’s stories of the supernatural in relation to religious and spiritual understandings. It received the National Communication Association’s Best Scholarly Book Award from the Ethnography Division. She is also co-author of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), which explored how families establish media policies and how those policies relate to family identity-construction practices. She is editor of Religion, Media, and the Marketplace ( Rutgers , 2007), and co-editor of Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002). Her work is also published in the Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media & Society, Feminist Media Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and in several other journals and edited volumes.
Clark’s research has been cited in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe, Hollywood Reporter, the Independent (U.K.), and in other publications; featured on CNN, NPR, BBC-Radio, and PBS; and has been presented before audiences at Harvard, Oxford, the University of North Carolina, Indiana University, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the American Academy of Religion, the International Communication Association, the American Anthropological Association, the Association of Education for Journalism and Mass Communication, and numerous other national and international venues.
Clark serves on the editorial boards of the journals New Media & Society, Social Media & Society, Family Times, Emerald Studies in Communication, and Communication & Religion. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Pew Internet and American Life Project is currently serving as President of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion, and Culture, and she served as Conference Host for the Association of Internet Researchers meeting in Denver in 2013. She was a 1997-98 Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow and a 1998 nominee to the Harvard Society of Fellows.
Clark served as Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen in 2009 and in 2014, and Visiting Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT (Melbourne, Australia) in 2014.
Clark is a former advocacy journalist, television producer, and marketing professional. She teaches courses in new media, alternative journalism, media history and critical/cultural studies, and qualitative research methods, and is also a faculty member in the University of Denver’s doctoral program in Religion.