Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Media, Film, & Journalism Studies

& Director, The Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

University of Denver      2490 S. Gaylord Street      Denver, CO  80208

Affiliate Professor, Media, Cognition, & Communication,

University of Copenhagen

Authored Books:

Clark, L.S. & Marchi, M. (2017). Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Clark, L.S. (2012/2014 paperback).  The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Hoover, S.M., Clark, L.S., and Alters, D.F., with J. Champ and L. Hood (2004). Media, Home, and Family. New York: Routledge University Press.

Clark, L.S.  (2003; paperback 2005).  From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural. New York: Oxford University Press.

Edited Volumes:

Clark, L.S.  (2007).  Religion, Media, and the Marketplace.  Matwah, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Hoover, S.M. and Clark, L.S. (Eds.) (2002). Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion and Culture. Columbia University Press.

Select Refereed Journal Articles:

Middaugh, E., Clark, L.S., & Ballard, P. (2017). Digital media, participatory politics, and positive youth development (National Academy of Sciences Children & Screens Project). Supplement, Pediatrics.

Clark, L.S. (2016). Participant or zombie? Exploring the limits of the participatory politics framework through a failed media-rich Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Project. The Information Society 32:5, 343-353.

Clark, L.S. (2016). Participants on the margins: #BlackLivesMatter and the role that shared artifacts of engagement played among minoritized political newcomers on Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter. International Journal of Communication, 10, 235-353.

Alper, M., Katz, V., & Clark, L.S. (2016). Researching Children, Intersectionality, and Diversity in the Digital Age (Special 10th Anniversary Issue), Journal of Children, Adolescents and Media 10(1): 107-114.

Clark, L.S. (2015). Can social media be a space for democratic inclusivity? Social Media + Society (Manifesto Issue) 1:1.

Clark, L.S.  (2013).  Cultivating the media activist: How critical media literacy, community engaged partnerships, and service learning can reform journalism education. Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism 14(3): 417-432.

Clark L.S. and Sywyj, L.  (2012). Mobile intimacies in the U.S. among refugee and recent immigrant teens and their parents. Journal of Feminist Media Studies 12(4): 485-495(lead article).

Clark, L.S. and Shade, L. R. (2012).  Introduction to a special issue on online performance and participation. Information, Communication, and Society 15(3): 329-333.

Clark, L.S.  (2011).   Parental mediation theory for the digital age.  Communication Theory 12 (lead article): 323-343.

Clark, L.S. and R. Monserrate. (2011).  High school journalism and the making of young citizens.  Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism 38:417-432.

Clark, L.S.  (2011). Exploring religion and mediatization through a case study of J + K’s big day: A response to Stig Hjarvard. Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12:02, 167-184, DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2011.579717

Lim, S.S. & Clark, L.S.  (2010).  Virtual worlds as a site of convergence for children’s play.  Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 3(2).  Available:

Clark, L.S. (2009). Digital media and the generation gap.  Information, Communication, & Society 12(3): 388-407.  Special joint issue with the Association of Internet Researchers.

Clark, L.S.  (2008).  When the university went ‘pop’: Exploring the rising interest in the study of popular culture. Invited essay,  Sociology Compass 1:1.

Clark, L.S.  (2008).  Reflections on Iran.   Journal of Media and Religion 7(1 & 2): 96-99 (Special issue: Media and Religion in Iran).

Clark, L.S.  (2008). Sustaining the mystery, developing cross-religious understandings: Religion, philosophy, and convergence culture online in ABC’s  LostNorthern Lights 6(1): 143-163 (Special issue: Religion, Media, and Enchantment).

Clark, L.S. (2006, December).  Introduction to a forum on religion, popular music, and globalization.  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45(4): 475-479.

Clark, L.S., C. Demont-Heinrich, & S. Webber. (2005, December). Parents, ICTs, and children’s prospects for success: Interviews along the digital “Access Rainbow.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 22(5): 409-426.

Clark, L.S. (2005, September). Globalizing popular communication audience research: Looking to our sister fields for new directions.  Popular Communication 3(3):153-166. Also served as Special Issue Guest Editor.

Clark, L.S., C. Demont-Heinrich, and S. Webber. (2004). Ethnographic interviews on the digital divide. New Media & Society 6(4):529-547.

Clark, L.S. (2003). Challenges of social good in the world of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Barbie’: A Case Study of a Community Computer Center for Youth. New Media & Society 5(1):95-116.

Clark, L.S. (2002). U.S. Adolescent religious identity, the media, and the ‘funky’ side of religion. Journal of Communication 52 (4), 794-812.  Translated into Spanish and Turkish.

Clark, L.S. and Hoover, S.H. (1997). Controversy and cultural symbolism: A case study of the RE-Imagining event. Critical Studies in Media Communication 14(4), 310-331.

Hoover, S.H. and Clark, L.S. (1997). Negotiating the boundary between religion and the media: The case study of the RE-Imagining controversy. Review of Religious Research 39(2), 153-171.

Book Chapters:

Clark, L.S. (2016, July). Religião duplamente deslocada: explorando o papel da mídia nas compreensões religiosas entre jovens “seculares.” In M.N. Cunha & K. K. Belotti Eds., Mídia, Religião e Cultura: Percepções e Tendências em Perspectiva Global  (Media, Religion, and Culture: Perceptions and Tendencies in Global Perspective). Curitiba, Parana, Brazil: Editora Prismas.

Clark, L.S. (2016). The media and religious authority, an afterword. In S.M. Hoover, Ed., The Media and Religious Authority. London: Routledge.

Clark, L.S. (2015). The ethics of engagement: Considering digital ethics in a critical participatory action research project with urban youth (pp. 165-186). In D. Heider and B. Vanacker, Eds., Ethics for a Digital Age. New York: Peter Lang.

Clark, L.S. (2014). Padres y Jovenes Unidos: A case study of student empowerment through critical media literacy (online publication). In Eric Gordon & Paul Milhaidilis, Eds., The Civic Media Reader. MIT Press.

Clark, L.S.  (2014).  Mediatization: Concluding thoughts and challenges for the future.  In A. Hepp & F. Krotz (Eds.), Mediatized Worlds.  Palgrave MacMillan.

Clark, L.S. (2014). Mobile media and the emotional and moral economy of the household. In G. Goggin & L. Hjorst (Eds.), The Routledge Mobile Media Companion.  London: Routledge.

Clark, L.S.  (2014). Digital storytelling and narratives of identity.  Sidebar contribution in J. Mahan, Media, Religion, and Culture: An Introduction.  New York: Routledge.

Clark, L.S. and Chiou, G.  (2013).  Revealing the feminist orientation in the methodologies of the media, religion, and culture field.  In Mia Lovheim, Ed., Media, Religion, and Gender.  London: Routledge.

Dierberg, J. & Clark, L.S.  (2013).  The Colbert Report: Humor and irreverence for young adult evangelicals. In Robert Woods, Ed., Evangelicals and Popular Culture (vol. 3). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Clark, L.S.  (2012). Doing reflexive ethnographic work among parents and their teenage children.  In Radhika Parameswaran, Volume Editor, Blackwell’s International Companion to Media Studies: Audience Studies.  Blackwell.

Clark, L.S. & J. Dierberg. (2012). Late night comedy as a source of religion news.  (pp. 97-112). In Diane Winston, Editor, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Clark, L.S. & Dierberg, J.  (2012).  Digital storytelling and collective religious identity in a moderate to progressive youth group.  In Heidi Campbell, Ed., Digital Religion.  New York: Peter Lang.

Clark, L.S.  (2011). A multi-grounded theory of parental mediation: Exploring the complementarity of qualitative and quantitative communication research.  In K.B. Jensen, A Handbook on Media and Communication Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies, 2nd Ed.  London: Routledge.

Clark, L.S. (2011). Religion and authority in a remix culture: How a late night TV host became an authority on religion.  In Gordon Lynch and Jolyon Mitchell, Editors, Religion, Media, and Culture: A ReaderLondon: Routledge.

Clark, L.S.  (2009). You LOST me: Mystery, fandom, and religion in ABC’s LOST.  In Small Screen, Big Picture: Religion and Prime Time Television in a Post 9/11 World, Diane Winston, Ed.  Baylor University Press.

Clark, L.S.  (2009).  Mediatization: Where media ecology meets cultural studies.  In Knut Lundby, Editor, Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences.  Routledge.

Hoover, S.M. and L.S. Clark.  (2007). Media, Home, and Family.  In Sonia Livingstone and Kirsten Drotner, Eds., International Handbook of Children, Media, and Culture.  London: Routledge.

Clark, L.S.  (2007).  Religion, twice removed: Exploring the role of media in religious understandings among ‘secular’ young people.  In N. Ammerman (Ed.), Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives.  (Ch. 4). New York: Oxford University Press.

Clark, L.S. (2005). The constant contact generation: Exploring teen friendship networks online. In S. Mazzarella (Ed.), Girl Wide Web. New York: Peter Lang.

Clark, L.S. (2003). Baby boomers and their millennial kids: ‘Folk’ definitions of religion and their relation to culture. In A.L. Greil and D.G. Bromley (Eds.), Defining Religion: Investigating the Boundaries between the Sacred and Secular. Amsterdam: JAI Press.

Clark, L.S. (1998). Dating on the ‘net: Teens and the rise of ‘pure’ relationships. In S. Jones (Ed.), Cybersociety 2.0 (pp. 159-183). Thouand Oaks, CA: Sage. Reprinted in G. Dines and J. Humez (Eds.) (2003), Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Text-Reader, 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Clark, L.S. and Hoover, S.H. (1997). At the intersection of media, culture, and religion: A bibliographic essay. In S. Hoover and K. Lundby (Eds.), Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture (pp. 15-36). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Professional Contributions

International/National Boards and Advisory Boards:

Vice-President-Elect (2017), International Association of Internet Researchers.

President (2016-2020) and Inaugural Vice President (2012-2016), International Society for the Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture.

Conference Host, Association of Internet Researchers, 2013.

Board Member, International Communication Association, 2006-2008.

  • Chair/Program Planner, Popular Communication Division, 2005-2008

American Academy of Religion, 2009- present.

  • Co-Chair, Media, Religion, Culture Division, 2009-2012.
  • Committee, Religious Studies and the Liberal Arts Education, 2007-2009.
  • Pre-conference Organizer, Islam & the Media, 2006.

Steering Committee, Biannual International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, 1996-present.

  • Boulder, Colorado, 1995-1996
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, 1998-1999
  • Louisville, Kentucky, 2003-2004
  • Sigtuna, Sweden, 2005-2006
  • Sao Paulo Brazil, 2007-2008
  • Tehran, Iran, 2008-2009
  • Toronto, Ontario, 2009-2010
  • Istanbul, Turkey, 2010-2012
  • Canterbury, U.K., 2012-2014 (Conference Planner)

Academic Advisor, Digital Learning Project, 2005-2008.  Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation.

Academic Advisor, Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2002-2006.  Sponsored by the Pew Foundation.

Academic Advisory Board Member, Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, University of Colorado, 2006 -.

Academic Advisory Board Member, The Religious Studies Major Project, American Academy of Religion, 2007-2008.  Sponsored by the Teagle Foundation.

Select Research Grants and Funded Research Projects

Incorporating Video Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practices, with Co-PIs Dr. Yoli Anyon and Heather Kennedy

  • Supported by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, 2017.
  • Total amount: $45,000.

Institute for the Digital Humanities, University of Denver, Co-PI with Dr. Adrienne Russell

  • Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2010-2012.
  • Total amount: $250,000.

Digital Storytelling and Religious Formation, Co-PI with Dr. Mary Hess

  • Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2010-2012.
  • Total amount: $50,000.

Media, Meaning, and Work: Youth and Civic Engagement, Co-PI with Dr. Stewart Hoover

  • Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2006-2010.
  • Total amount: $749,000.
  • Subcontracted to Lynn Schofield Clark at the University of Denver: $325,000.

MacArthur Survey Working Group, Co-PI with Dr. Heather Horst & Dr. Eszter Hargittai

  • Consultant grant from the MacArthur Foundation: $5,000, 2008-2009.

Teens and the New Media @ Home, Co-PI with Dr. Stewart Hoover

  • Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2001-2006.
  • Total amount: $749,000.

Religious Pluralism and New Media Project, PI

  • Supported by a European foundation, 2007-2008.
  • Total amount: $100,000.

Dissertation Fellowship Program in Media, Religion, and Culture, Co-PI with Dr. Stewart Hoover

  • Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2002-2007.
  • Total amount: $500,000.

International Study Commission on Media, Religion, and Culture

  • Supported by the Stitchting Porticus Foundation, 1996-2006.
  • Total amount funding the project of which I was a part: in excess of $2 million.

University of Denver:

Public Good Grant, “Incorporating Video Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practice with Low-Income Youth of Color,” $15,000, 2017-2018.

Public Good Grant, “Developing Digital Media Club at South High School,” $9,400, 2013-2014.

Awards and Honors:

Academic awards and honors:

The Parent App named Outstanding Academic Title for 2013, Choice Magazine.

International Communication Association Best Book Award Nominee, ICA, 2013.

Winans-Wichelns Award for Rhetoric and Public Address Nominee, National Communication Association, 2013.

Service Learning Faculty of the Year, University of Denver, 2012

Top Paper Award, the Popular Communication division of the International Communication Association, 2008.

Young Scholar Award Nominee, International Communication Association, 2005.

Best Scholarly Book Award, National Communication Association, Ethnography Division, 2003.

Harvard Society of Fellows nominee, sponsored by the University of Colorado, 1998.

Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow, Research on Religion in America, 1997-98.


Ph.D., Media Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1998.

M.A., Religion and Communication, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, 1991.

B.A., Communications (Magna Cum Laude), Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, 1986.

Professional Employment

Professor, Chair, and Director, Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, University of Denver, (Assistant, 2006 – 2008; Associate, 2008-2013; Full, 2013-; Chair, 2014-2017; Director of Graduate Studies, 2009-2012; Interim Chair, 2012-2013) .

Assistant Research Professor, University of Colorado.  Position funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2001 – 2006. Director of the Teens and the New Media @ Home Project.

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate, funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, 1998-2001. Served as Associate Investigator for the “Symbolism, Media, and the Lifecourse” research project. Responsibilities similar to Assistant Research Professor position.

Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, 2000. Taught the Doctoral seminar, “Qualitative Research Methods” while serving as Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate.