Emily Riewestahl

Emily Riewestahl

Doctoral Advisor: Srividya Ramasubramanian


B.S., psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana, dual concentration in Women's Studies and Chemistry

M.A., communication (anticipated conferral in December 2021), Texas A&M University, concentration in Media, Culture, and Identity

Areas of Research:
Media representations, media effects, diversity, race, indigenous communities, media literacy, trauma-informed approaches


Ramasubramanian, S., Riewestahl, E., & Landmark, S. (2021). The Trauma-informed Equity-minded Asset-based Model (TEAM): The six R’s for social justice-oriented educators. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(2), 29-42. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-2-3

Mihailidis, P., Ramasubramanian, S., Tully, M., Foster, B., Riewestahl, E., Johnson, P., & Angove, S. (2021). Do media literacies approach equity and justice?. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(2), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-2-1

Quintero Johnson, J., Saleem, M., Tang, L., Ramasubramanian, S. & Riewestahl, E. (2021) Media Use During COVID-19: An investigation of negative effects on the mental health of Asian versus White Americans. Frontiers in Communication. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.638031


Emily Riewestahl is a doctoral student in the Newhouse School of Public Communication where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. Emily’s research primarily focuses on the areas of media, culture, and identity. Her research explores how media is used to both perpetuate and resist systems of oppression through the lens of critical media effects, media literacy, and trauma-informed approaches. Currently, her research is focused on analyzing media representations of race and gender and their effects on identity, attitudes, and behaviors.

In addition, Emily is a Junior Fellow at the Center of Scholars and Storytellers, an organization founded by Dr. Yalda Uhl with a goal of “bridging the gap between scholars and storytellers to promote positive youth development.”

During her time at Texas A&M University, Emily served as a facilitator and research assistant for the Difficult Dialogues Project and as the student director of the Communicating Diversity Student Conference, both initiatives founded by Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian. Emily has presented her scholarship at the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association annual conferences. When Emily is not reading, writing, or critiquing reality tv, she enjoys curating vintage clothing, knitting, and spending time outdoors.