Kiah Bennett

Visiting Assistant Professor, Televisual Studies

About Kiah Bennett

Kiah Bennett is Visiting Assistant Professor in Televisual Studies at Bucknell University. She specializes in TV studies and Critical Industry Studies, examining the representation and inclusion of racial, gendered, and disability on the screen and behind the scenes.

Professor Bennett’s scholarly works address the intersection of industry and organizational culture and how they are represented on screen. Her current research projects examine how Hollywood gatekeeps against difference, the use of social media and satire to disrupt the spread of misinformation, and the connection of neurodivergent communities on TikTok. With a background in rhetorical studies, Bennett is interested in how production organizational culture affects on-screen content. In her debut, solo-authored publication, “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity”in Television and New Media, Dr. Bennett theorizes a millennial-era form of stand-up comedy: refractive comedy, examining Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (2018) and Bo Burnham’s Inside (2021). Professor Bennett’s work also extends beyond TV studies, as her interest in disability and neurodivergence has resulted in a co-authored publication in the International Journal of Listening“A Transcription System for Nonverbal Listening Behavior.”

Beyond academia, Bennett is an avid hiker with her dog. She loves true crime, particularly crimes centered on scams, which transcends into her scholarly interest in the recent surge of television about women scammers like The Dropout (2022), Inventing Anna (2022), and docu-series on companies like LuLaRoe.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, Department of Communication and Media Studies
  • M.A., Syracuse University, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Department of Communication

Selected Publications

Bennett, Kiah E. “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity.” Television & New Media, 2022, 15274764221093600. https://doi.org/10.1177/15274764221093600.

Parks, Elizabeth S., and Kiah E. Bennett. “A Transcription System for Nonverbal Listening Behavior.” International Journal of Listening, 2022: 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/10904018.2022.2063868.

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