Lynn Schofield Clark is Associate Professor and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver . She currently oversees three research projects: the Teens & The New Media @ Home Project, which explores the introduction of digital and mobile media into U.S. family life; the Young MediaMakers Project, which is studying how the process of media making contributes to citizenship and civic engagement; and the Global Students Online Project, which is studying the possibilities for enhanced intercultural understanding through online interactions. She is interested in sociology of culture and of the media, sociology of the family, and sociology of religion, as well as in issues related to the internationalization of journalism and communication in higher education.
Clark's first book, From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003/2005) explored how young people from varied (and no) religious backgrounds interpreted popular culture's stories of the supernatural in relation to religious and spiritual understandings. It received the National Communication Association's Best Scholarly Book Award from the Ethnography Division. She is also co-author of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), which explored how families establish media policies and how those policies relate to family identity-construction practices. She is editor of Religion, Media, and the Marketplace ( Rutgers , 2007), and co-editor of Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002). Her work is also published in the Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media & Society, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and in several other journals and edited volumes. She served as Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen in 2009.
Clark's research has been cited in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe, Hollywood Reporter, the Independent (U.K.), and in other publications; featured on CNN, NPR, BBC-Radio, and PBS; and has been presented before audiences at Harvard, Oxford, the University of North Carolina, Indiana University, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the American Academy of Religion, the International Communication Association, the American Anthropological Association, the Association of Education for Journalism and Mass Communication, and numerous other national and international venues.
Clark serves on the editorial boards of the journals New Media & Society, Popular Communication, Family Times, and Communication & Religion. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Pew Internet and American Life Project and was a member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion, and Culture. She was a 1997-98 Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow and a 1998 nominee to the Harvard Society of Fellows.
Clark is a former advocacy journalist, television producer, and marketing professional. She teaches courses in new media, alternative journalism, media history and critical/cultural studies, and qualitative research methods, and is also a faculty member in the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology doctoral program.