Tessa Adams

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Drop-in Hours

Mondays: 11:00am -12:00pm (via Zoom)
Tuesdays: 1:00pm - 3:00 pm (in person)

What is Tessa's Story?

Tessa Adams is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Tessa is interested in race and representation in film and television. Adams is a critical-cultural scholar particularly interested in the intersections of racism, sexism, and classism in “woke” horror productions.

Prior to coming to the University of Iowa, Adams worked professionally as a videographer, video editor, video production instructor, and assistant director. Tessa also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Walsh University, Kent State University, and her two-time alma mater, The University of Akron.

  • Adams, T.L. (2020, April). The Purge: A Rewriting of the Post-Racial Narrative. Paper presented at the  annual Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, Denver, CO. 
  • Adams, T.L. (2018, August). Insecure and Girls: Innovative or the Same? Paper presented at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Adams, T. L. (2018, March). Get Out: A Comedic Performance? Abstract presented at the National Council for Black Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Adams, T.L. (2015, April). The Atypical Villain. Paper presented at the annual University of    Akron Student Innovation Symposium, Akron, OH.
  • Moorman, J.D., Morgan, P., & Adams, T.L. (2019). The implications of screen media for the sleep behavior of children ages 0-5: A systematic review of the literature. Current Sleep Medicine Reports.
  • Adams, T.L. (2020). (Forthcoming). Encoding/decoding woke horror. Addressing the Crisis: The Stuart Hall Project.
Tessa Adams PhD University of Iowa
M.A., Media Studies, The University of Akron, 2015, B.A., Mass Media Communication (emphasis in Media Production and Radio/TV); Minor: Popular Literature and Film, The University of Akron, 2012

E331 Adler Journalism Building (AJB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States