Stacy L. Smith

Stacy L. SmithStacy L. Smith joined the USC Annenberg faculty in fall 2003. Her research focuses on children’s responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999.

Smith has written nearly 50 journal articles and book chapters on content patterns and effects of the media on youth. Further, she has received multiple “top paper” awards for her research from the Instructional Developmental Division of the International Communication Association. In terms of the popular press, Dr. Smith’s research has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety,, the Boston Globe and USA Today.

Most recently, she has been working with a team of graduate and undergraduate students to assess portrayals of males and females in children’ s media. Some of this work has been funded by See Jane, a program started by Academy Award-winner Geena Davis.

While research is important, Smith is most passionate about teaching. She currently teaches the undergraduate COMM 203 – Introduction to Mass Communication course at USC Annenberg. She has been recognized for her outstanding teaching, earning multiple awards from different constituencies on campus. She has received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Annenberg Students Communication Association three times, the Greek Professor of the Semester Award, the Golden Apple Award from Kappa Alpha Theta twice, the Professor of the Year Award from Gamma Alpha Sigma and was recognized as an Honorary Member of Lambda Pi Eta. More recently, she was tapped by Mortar Board at USC and was nominated by the Trojan League of Southern California for the 2008 Outstanding Service Award.

Contact Smith at or (213) 821-1546.