Christine Larson

Christine Larson

Christine Larson studies transformations in work and culture brought about by the digital economy.

Scholars have long argued that digital media are increasingly making workers’ lives less secure, in the cultural industries specifically and in society in general. Larson’s dissertation challenges that account. Her multiyear, multi-method study of the romance novel publishing industry demonstrates that social and professional tactics rooted in earlier feminist movements are in fact allowing romance novelists to flourish in the new economy. Such tactics, she argues, represent a new model for digital worker solidarity in many industries.

Larson’s scholarly research has been published in Media, Culture and Society and Public Culture. Her academic research grew from her background in journalism and digital content development. She received a John S. Knight Fellowship to study journalism innovation at Stanford and her work has been published in leading national publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has co-authored three trade books on women and the workforce, including, most recently Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Change Our World, with demographer Maddy Dychtwald. Her work as senior facilitator with the OpEd Project helps underrepresented scholars and community leaders publish in national opinion forums.

Larson holds a master’s degree from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford in June, 2017.

Academic Publications

Selected Journalism/Trade Publications

Academic Background

  • M.A. in Communication, Stanford University
  • B.A. in English, Princeton University (summa cum laude)

Focus Area

Journalism, Media and Culture, Advisor: Fred Turner