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Emily Acosta-Lewis

Discipline: Media Studies/Communication

Emily Acosta Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Western New England University
in Springfield, MA. She earned a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and Ph.D. in
Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Communications (Public
Relations) at San Diego State University. Her main research interests are the developmental changes in
media effects, with a special focus on children, adolescents, and emerging adults and the role of media
in shaping young viewers’ perceptions of social reality. Her current research-in-progress includes the
effects of privileged television (e.g. Gossip Girl) on materialism; the availability and representativeness
of children’s dolls and action figures on TV and websites; and the extremity of opinions and influence
during group discussions. She studied in Paris as an undergraduate and traveled extensively throughout
Europe. She is an avid sports fan who does fantasy sports; watches The Dan Patrick Show religiously; has
a schnoodle named Barkley (after Sir Charles); and loves reading book series (Game of Thrones is my
favorite so far).