Lori Hitchcock Morimoto

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Media Studies
Office location and address
228 Wilson Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2011
M.A., Indiana University, 2000
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1991
B.A., Kenyon College, 1988

Lori Morimoto researches transnational/transcultural fandoms and transnational media co-production and distribution. Her work has been published in East Asian Journal of Popular CultureTransformative Works and CulturesParticipationsAsian Cinema, and Mechademia: Second Arc. She has also contributed to Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (NYU Press, 2017), The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom (Routledge, 2018), A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), and Fan Studies Primer: Method, Research, Ethics (Iowa, 2021). She teaches courses in media fandom, East Asian film and media, television, and videographic criticism.

MDST 2508: Topics in Media Practice
Credits: 1–4
This course will provide practice-based learning opportunities for students in various forms of media, including video, podcasting, film, etc.
MDST 3504: Topics in Global Media
Credits: 3
This course offers historical, comparative, critical, and media industry perspectives on global media. It explores how capital, geopolitics, new technologies and forms of production and consumption impact global media flows. Topics include studies of media systems, textual traditions, media circulation, globalization, the role of media technologies in international affairs, and the role of transnationalism in national and international affairs.
MDST 3505: Special Topics in Diversity and Identity in Media
Credits: 3
This course will offer historical, comparative, and critical perspectives on issues of diversity and identity in media studies. Topics may include the relationship between media and underrepresented groups, media use in identity construction, masculinity and feminine role models in media, media power, etc. Prerequisite: MDST Major and Minors or Instructor Permission
MDST 3510: Topics in Media Research
Credits: 3
This hands-on course prepares students to read, evaluate, and design research in media studies. Drawing on critical, historical, administrative, and industrial traditions in the field, students will learn to assess the validity and anticipate the ethical requirements of various methods & data collection procedures. Following a theme selected by the instructor, the course culminates with each student proposing a new, original research study.
MDST 3559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 3584: Global Cinema
Credits: 3
This course entails study of films originating from and/or identified with non-US nations and cultures. Topics include: introduction to a nation's cinematic achievements (e.g., Korean cinema); in-depth study of one or more influential cinematic movements (e.g., French New Wave; Italian Neo-Realism); exploration of a particular historical period (e.g., German silent cinema). The course fulfills the non-US requirement for the Media Studies major.
EAST 5559: New Course in East Asian Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in East Asian Studies