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Erin Whiteside

Associate Professor
333 Communications Building

Dr. Whiteside’s research uses a feminist approach to examine the relationship between sports media and culture. She is primarily interested in diversity and ethics in the sports media workplace, discourses of gender and sexuality in sports media, and processes of cultural meaning-making through sports media consumption.

Dr. Whiteside has published her research in Sociology of Sport Journal, Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal, the Journal of Sports Media and Mass Communication & Society among others.

Before entering academia, Dr. Whiteside worked for Major League Baseball in New York City, where she edited and wrote for a variety of publications, including the World Series program, All-Star Game program, Little League Magazine and Major League Baseball en Español. Following her time at MLB, she worked in communications for the Penn State athletic department, where she oversaw communication for the women’s basketball team while also assisting with football and contributing to the development and re-launch of the athletics website.

At Tennessee, Dr. Whiteside teaches classes in sports journalism along with JEM 466: Media, Diversity and Society.


Ph.D: Mass Communications, Penn State (2010)

M.A.: Media Studies, Penn State (2006)

B.A. Communications-Journalism: California State University, Fullerton (2000)

B.A. Business-Finance: California State University, Fullerton (2000)

Research Interests: 
Sports media
Cultural studies
Feminist theory
Media diversity