Vicki Mayer Professor Tulane University Department of Communication

Vicki Mayer

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Curriculum
205 Newcomb Hall


University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.


Vicki Mayer is Professor of Communication. Her research encompasses media and communication industries, their political economies, infrastructures, and their organizational work cultures. Her publications seek to theorize and illustrate how these industries shape workers and how media and communication work shapes workers and citizens. Her theories inform her work in the digital humanities and pedagogy, most recently on ViaNolaVie and NewOrleansHistorical.

Research Interests

  • Communication and media industries
  • Community and alternative media
  • Critical political economy
  • Cultural geographies and histories of media
  • Identity and media
  • Media production studies
  • Media audiences and consumption
  • Regional communications infrastructure and development

Selected Publications

  • Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy. Berkeley: UC Press, 2017.
  • With S. Alexander, F. Durham, A. L. Lawrence and C. Anderson, The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
  • Producing Dreams, Consuming Youth: Mexican Americans and Mass Media. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003.


  • Media Analysis
  • Technology Analysis
  • Alternative Journalism
  • Media Histories
  • Special Topics: Creative Labor, Hollywood South, The Public Intellectual 2.0