Alexandra Nutter Smith, Ph.D. (Candidate)


Specialty: Critical Media Studies, Gender Studies, Environmental Communication

Smith, Alexandra Nutter

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: JOY 214C
Phone: 253-692-4962
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Ph.D. (candidate), Mass Communication, Pennsylvania State University, -.
  • M.A., Environmental Political Science, Colorado State University, 2008.
  • B.A., Global Commons/Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2003.


Alexandra's dissertation examines various mass media discourses surrounding environmentalist identities, using both lifestyles and governmentality frameworks. Other research interests include critical internet studies, ecofeminism, and critical approaches to the study of consumer culture.

At UW Tacoma, Alex has taught TCOM201: Media & Society and TCOM353: Critical Approaches to Media Studies. Elsewhere, she has developed and led courses in environmental communication, propaganda, identity and mass media studies, and political economy.

Selected Publications

  • Ahern, L., Bortree, D.S. & Nutter-Smith, A. (2012). Key trends in environmental advertising across 30 years in National Geographic Magazine. Public Understanding of Science 22(4), 470-494.
  • Smith, A. N. (2014). Femininities. In J. M. Ryan (Ed.), The encyclopedia of consumption and consumer studies. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell [Refereed].
  • Smith, A. N. (2014). Commodification. In J. M. Ryan (Ed.), The encyclopedia of consumption and consumer studies. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell [Refereed].
  • Smith, A.N. (2014). Environmental issues and social media. In K. Harvey (Ed.), The encyclopedia of social media and politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • McAllister, M. P., & Smith, A. N. (2013). Understanding hypercommercialized media texts. In S. R. Mazzarella (Volume Ed.), The international encyclopedia of media studies: Vol. 2: Content and representation (pp. 31-53). A. N. Valdivia (General Ed.). Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell [Refereed].
  • Bortree, D.S., Ahern, L., Dou, X. Smith, A.N. (2012). Framing the Environmental Movement: A Study of Advocacy Messages. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 17(2), 77-91.
  • McAllister, M. P., & Smith, A. N. (2012). Advertising and promotion. In K. Gabbard(Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online in Cinema and Media Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. Online bibliography available at
  • Smith, A. N., & Bortree, D.S. (2012). Buying Green or Being Green: Environmental Consciousness Frames in English-Language Teen Girls Magazines. Journal of Children & Media, 6(4), 520-540.
  • Smith, A. N. (Fall/Winter 2010). The Ecofetish: Green Consumerism in Womens Magazines. Womens Studies Quarterly, 38(4/3), p. 66-83 [Refereed].