Lara Martin Lengel, Ph.D.


  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7653
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  • Address: 314 Kuhlin Center


As a researcher of international communication and critical intercultural communication studies, my work addresses gender and identity in transnational performance studies, spiritual communication, and how communication can advance social, economic, and environmental justice. My research is published in, among others, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Language and Intercultural Communication, French Journal of Media Research, Journal of African Media Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Grants awards total nearly $500,000 for research and co-directed partnership development programs from U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Program and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Fulbright Program. A full list of Dr. Lengel's publications can be found on her Google Scholar page.


Ph.D. Mass Communication, Ohio University
M.S. Mass Communication, Miami University
B.A. Musicology, Miami University

Courses Taught:

International Communication
Intercultural Communication
Gender, Media & Culture
Environmental Communication
Communication and Conflict
Communicating in Global Contexts
Ethics in Communication
Political Communication
Technology for Transnational Communication
Interpretive Research Methods in Media & Communication
Humanistic Research Methods
Graduate Seminar: International Media, Communication, and Cultures
Graduate Seminar: Gender and Communication

Vitae in PDF

Select Representative Works:

Lengel, L., Montenegro, D., Newsom, V., & Tolofari, A. (in press, 2023). Risk mitigation for gender-based violence prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of women’s NGOs in Nigeria. Journal of African Media Studies.

Lengel, L., Mechehoud, M., & Newsom, V. A. (2022). Intercultural communication, creative practice and embodied activisms: Arts-based interculturality in the Maghreb. Language and Intercultural Communication, 22(2), 235-252.

Lengel, L., & Newsom, V. A. (2020). Contested border crossings in shifting political landscapes: Anti-invasion discourses and human trafficking representations in US film and politics. iMex: México Interdisciplinario / Interdisciplinary Mexico, 9(18), 61-82. doi: 10.23692/iMex.18.5.

Newsom, V. A., Lengel, L., & Yeung, M. F. (2020).  Alt-right masculinities: Construction and commodification of the ethnonationalist anti-hero. Women & Language, 43(2), 253-287.

Lengel, L., Newsom, V. A., & Cassara, C.  (2019). Transcending essentialisation and discursive strategies of in/visibility: Gender mainstreaming and MENA women in the media / Transcender l’essentiel et les stratégies discursives d’in/visibilité: Politique d'intégration du genre et des femmes du Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord dans les Médias. French Journal for Media Research, n°11/2019. ISSN: 2264-4733.

Lengel, L. (2018). Mediated memory work and resistant remembering of wartime sexual violence, 1992–1995. Feminist Media Studies18(2), 325-328.

Tetteh, D., & Lengel, L. (2017). The urgent need for health impact assessment:  Proposing a transdisciplinary approach to the e-waste crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global Health Promotion, 24(2), 35-42.

Lengel, L., & Holdsworth, H. (2015). Enacting social change along the cultural identity spectrum: Intercultural identity construction in faith-based community organizations. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(3), 249-267.   

Lengel, L., & Newsom, V. (2014). Mutable selves and digital reflexivities: Social media for social change in the Middle East and North Africa. Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 43, 85-119.

Updated: 02/01/2023 06:15AM