Olivia González, Ph.D.
- George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow
Olivia González examines the politics of race, class, and gender within contemporary structures of media education and production. Her current work centers on the storytelling practices and professional socialization of minoritized film and television creators.
Olivia González received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Her research examines the politics of race, class, and gender within contemporary structures of media education and production. González's dissertation, titled MATCH CUT: The Making of Professional Screenwriters and a (Counter)storytelling Movement in Film School, explores the storytelling practices and professional socialization of aspiring film and television writers, and proffers equitable, accessible, and inclusive pedagogical practices for film and media educators. Her project was supported by the USC Graduate School’s Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship.
In addition to her dissertation research, González has produced multi-methodological scholarship on representations of race and gender on television, epistemic injustice in book publishing, the digital divide, and minoritized students’ educational experiences in media production and STEM programs. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Communication and Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Prior to her doctoral work, González graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with an honors B.A. in Communication Studies. Her honors thesis, “Mom and dad don't get it”: Investigating Adolescents' Motivations for Participating in the Internet Meme Genre, explored how adolescents strategically use Internet memes in their communication practices to negotiate identity formation and to develop and sustain interpersonal relationships. González was a Ronald E. McNair scholar and is currently a member of the Lambda Pi Eta and Phi Beta Kappa national honor societies.
As a Gerbner Fellow, González will continue to investigate inequities and strategies for improving equity, accessibility, and inclusion in media production and education. In particular, building from her dissertation research, she will examine Latine creatives’ educational and storytelling experiences in East Coast film schools.
- B.A., University of San Diego, 2017
- M.A., University of Southern California, 2020
- Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2022
“Does It Pay to Get Personal? Examining the Prioritization of “Telling Your Story” In Film School Pedagogy and Its Implications for Minoritized Film Industry Aspirants.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 2021.