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Emily Ryalls

Emily Ryalls


Associate Professor



Contact Information

Office: Building 47, Rm. 36G

Phone: 805-756-2909

Email: eryalls@calpoly.edu



  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Girls' Studies



  • ISLA/WGQS 335: Feminist Studies of Whiteness in Popular Culture
  • WGS 301: Masculinity Studies
  • ISLA 320: Disability in Popular Culture
  • ISLA 255: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods
  • ISLA 303: Values & Technology



  • Ph.D. University of South Florida
  • M.A. University of Alabama
  • B.A. James Madison University


About Emily D. Ryalls:

Dr. Ryalls came to Cal Poly in fall 2017. She joined the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts Department in fall 2019. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical/cultural studies and feminist media studies. Dr. Ryalls's research has explored issues of age, race, class, gender, and sexuality in media sites such as Scream QueensGossip Girl13 Reasons Why, and The Hunger Games. Her book, The Culture of Mean: Representing Victims and Bullies in Popular Culture, is the first sustained feminist critique of the contemporary bullying narrative in media. Her work has been published in several journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Communication Culture & Critique. In her free time, she can be found watching Bravo TV and hanging with her dog, Henry.

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