Elizabeth Bolton
Lecturer, Media Studies

Elizabeth completed her Ph.D. in 2017 in Media and Cultural Studies from The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Radio-TV-Film. Her doctoral training focused in cultural and anthropological studies of media with a minor in Asian Studies and the Urdu language. In addition to her position as Lecturer in the Media Studies Program, Elizabeth is also affiliated faculty with UC Berkeley’s Institute for South Asia Studies.

Elizabeth’s doctoral research and fieldwork have been funded by competitive fellowships including four awards of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, UC Berkeley’s Urdu Language Program in Pakistan, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies’ fieldwork grant for her ethnography in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition to her work in the field of media studies, Elizabeth has been a scholar of the Urdu language for nine years, having completed seven years of formal study of Urdu at the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research project is her book, provisionally titled, Personalizing Politics: Producing Accountability on Pakistan's News Television, which uncovers, and studies the implications of, programming shifts on Pakistan’s news television that are rewriting the rules of political engagement toward tangible localized results and legitimizing personal experience and individual knowledge as valid categories of discussion in Pakistan’s public sphere.

popular culture and the political, cultural studies of digital media, global digital platforms and expression, new media and urban politics in the Global South, global news television and political engagement, postcolonial theory, Pakistan studies, and Urdu language histories and cultures.
Ph.D., U. of Texas, Austin, 2017