Alex Scott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays (via Zoom): 11:00am - 12:30pm 
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What is Alex’s story?

Alex Scott received his BA in journalism from the University of North Texas and his MA in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He worked as a photojournalist and a photo editor at ABC News and Bloomberg News in New York before returning to academia and completing his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research focuses on the construction of social difference in non-fiction visual practice. He analyzes the patterns and implications of pictorial conventions that distinguish groups of people along axes of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. His current research is focused on representations of migration around the U.S. southern border. Other research interests include visual theory, the history of photojournalism, migration studies, and sports media.


  • JMC: 2020 – Multimedia Storytelling
  • JMC: 3440 – Multimedia Narratives
  • JMC: 3630 – Photography

Recent Publications:

Peña, V. C., & Scott, A. (2022). Naked Function, Athletic Form: Acceptable Sexuality and the Myth of Empowerment in ESPN's Body Issue. Journal of Sports Media17(1), 91-118. doi:10.1353/jsm.2022.0004.

Scott, A. (2021). Peering Down at the Junkie: Authority and the visual construction of Drug Users in TIME’s Opioid Diaries. Visual Communication Quarterly.

Alex Scott
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

W339 Adler Journalism Building (AJB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States