Mark Lashley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Communication, Strategic Communication
Communication Center 201

Mark C. Lashley has published and presented at national conferences on topics related to digital media, telecommunications, and participatory culture. His current research deals with online social platforms (like YouTube) as sites of cultural practice. He has conducted additional research projects related to television and the changing spheres of popular culture and media commerce. Mark is also co-founder and co-editor of Culture in Conversation, an online cultural studies research forum.

Mark’s teaching interests include media industries, digital literacy, social media, and media writing. Here at La Salle, he has taught Introduction to Mass Media, Media in America, Media Research, Communication Law, Social Media, and the First Year Odyssey. In the classroom, Mark brings with him a focus, drawn from his research, on developing both awareness and practical skills for dealing with our increasingly mediated lives. In addition to his academic work, Mark has served in a valuable support role for the prestigious Peabody Awards, and his television criticism has frequently appeared in outlets such as the Huffington Post and Antenna.

Mark grew up in Philadelphia, and after a long sojourn as a graduate student and instructor at the University of Georgia, has made his way back to the area. In his down time, Mark does some traveling, plays a lot of tennis, a little guitar, and is constantly trying to catch up on his overstuffed DVR. You can follow Mark on Twitter @marklash.

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Media
  • Participatory Culture
  • Television Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2013
  • M.A., University of Georgia, 2009
  • B.A., University of Scranton, 2002


  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Qualitative Methods, University of Georgia, 2013


  • COM 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
  • COM 301 (Media in America)
  • COM 641 (Social Media)


Lashley, M.C., & Kavoori, A. (2013, forthcoming). Trendrr. In H. Kerric, & J.G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lashley, M.C. (2012). Lip Dubbing on YouTube: Participatory Culture and Cultural Globalization. Transformative Works and Cultures, 11.


Kavoori, A., Lashley, M.C., & Creech, B. (Eds.). (2014, forthcoming). Digital Storytelling: Voices for a New Vernacular.

Presentations (Selected)

Lashley, M.C. (2012). The YouTube platform: The nomad in participatory culture. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual convention, August 11, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.

Lashley, M.C. (2012). iJustine and YouTube as a storytelling platform. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) annual convention, April 14, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lashley, M.C. (2011). The author on YouTube: Confronting a crisis of authorship through the amateur documentary. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual convention, August 11, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri.

Lashley, M.C. (2010). Mr. Chi-City and the performance of African-American identity on YouTube. Paper presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual convention, November 13, 2010, San Francisco, California.

Lashley, M.C. (2010). Goffman in The Real World: processes of performance and characterization across three reality television series. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual convention, August 6, 2010, Denver, Colorado.