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Department of Communication and Media

Lisa Glebatis Perks

Associate Professor of Communication

Communication and Media

Dr. Perks’ teaching and scholarship revolve around culture, power, and media. Her research analyzes media representations of marginalized groups and audience reception processes.


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. Wake Forest University


  • Research Inquiry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Humor and Media
  • Media Marathoning 
  • Media Ethics and Law

Professional Experience

Dr. Perks comes to Merrimack College from Nazareth College, where she was the communication and media program director and an assistant professor.


Dr. Perks recently published the book Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality. Her current research projects, which were inspired by the marathoning project, analyze television spoilers from an audience perspective and television critic’s perspective.

Dr. Perks’s publications include:

  • Perks, L. G. & McElrath-Hart, N. (forthcoming, November 2017). Television spoilers recast as narrative teasers. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Advance online publication:
  • Perks, L. G. & McElrath-Hart, N. (2016). The television spoiler nuisance rationale. International Journal of Communication, 10,5580-5597
  • Perks, L. G. & McElrath-Hart, N. (2016). Spoiler definitions and behaviors in the post-network era. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1354856516659403
  • Perks, L. G. (2015). Media marathoning: Immersions in morality. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Perks, L. G. & Johnson, K. A. (2014). Electile dysfunction: The burlesque binds of the Sarah Palin MILF frame. Feminist Media Studies 14(5), 775-790.
  • Perks, L. G. & Gatchet, A. D. (2013). Equipment for living in an ordered home: Disciplinary homologies in Supernanny and Dog WhispererThe Journal of Popular Culture 46(4), 811-830.
  • Perks, L. G. (2012). Sox and stripes: Baseball’s ironic American dreams. Communication Quarterly 60(4), 445-464. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2012.704571. Lead article.
  • Perks, L. G. (2012). Three satiric television decoding positions. Communication Studies 63(3), 290-308. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2012.678925
  • Perks, L. G. (2012). The ancient roots of humor theory. HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research 25(2), 119-132. Lead article.
  • Perks, L. G. (2010). Polysemic scaffolding: Explicating discursive clashes in Chappelle’s ShowCommunication, Culture, and Critique 3(2), 270-289. doi: 10.1111/j.1753- 9137.2010.01070.x 
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