Kayla Keener, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Communication Studies

Dr. Kayla Keener’s research is situated at the intersection of affect theory, digital media, and various forms of value-producing labor. Past research projects have analyzed the role of negative affects and aesthetics in the viral spread of fake...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Cultural Studies, George Mason University

M.A., Women’s Studies, George Washington University

B.A., Analyzing Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Gender through Religion, Literature and Activism, University of Redlands


Dr. Kayla Keener’s research is situated at the intersection of affect theory, digital media, and various forms of value-producing labor. Past research projects have analyzed the role of negative affects and aesthetics in the viral spread of fake news in digital spheres. Recent research considers how certain affects become ubiquitous to political economic contexts and ideologies, such as neoliberalism, structuring available forms of labor and self-reflexive construction of intersectional identity, particularly in digital marketplaces.
Refereed Journal Article:
Keener, K. (2018). Alternative facts and fake news: Digital mediation and the affective spread of hate in the era of Trump. The Journal of Hate Studies, 14(1), 137-151.

Book Chapter:
Keener, K. (2018). Affect, aesthetics and attention: The digital spread of fake news across the political spectrum. In L. Zhang & C. Clark (Eds.), Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication, New York: Routledge.