Associate Professor / Director of Speech & Debate

Helen Morgan Parmett, the Edwin W. Lawrence Endowed Professor of Forensics, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance. She is also Director of the Speech and Debate Program and the Lawrence Debate Union as well as Affiliate Faculty in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Film and Television Studies Programs. Helen's research and teaching centers on critical media studies, where she focuses especially on relationships among media, identity, and space/place. Her research is invested in how media’s production practices (particularly those of radio, film, TV, interactive new media, and sports media) are materially implicated in urban spatiality and the constitution of place and identity.




Morgan Parmett, H. (2019). Down in Treme: Race, Place, and New Orleans on Television. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (Media Geography at Mainz series).

Morgan Parmett, H. (in press). Television for the Peace Arch Country: Transnational Broadcasting History in the Pacific Northwest. Television & New Media.

Schwartz Dupre, R. & Morgan Parmett, H. (2018). Curious about George: Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies, STEM Policy, and Colonial Iconicity. Textual Practice. DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2016.1267038

Morgan Parmett, H. (2018). Site-Specific Television as Urban Renewal: Or, How Portland became Portlandia. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(1): 42-56. DOI: 10.1177/1367877917704493

Morgan Parmett, H. & Rodgers, S. (2018). Space, Place and Circulation: Three Conceptual Lenses into the Spatialities of Media Production Practices. In Mekonnen Tesfahuney & Karin Fast (Eds.), Geomedia. New York: Routledge.

Morgan Parmett, H. (2017). Debating Convivially. Contemporary Argumentation & Debate, 37: 147-157.

Morgan Parmett, H. (2017). Treme Tourism and Governing. In D. Gendrin, S. Roberts, & C. Dessignes (Eds.), HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis: The Mediated Rebirth of a City. Lexington Books.

Morgan Parmett, H. (2017). Space. In L. Ouellette and J. Gray (Eds.), Keywords in Media Studies. New York: NYU Press.

Morgan Parmett, H. & Ranachan, K. (2016). There Goes the Neighborhood: CenturyLink Field and the Transformation of Seattle’s SoDo Neighborhood. Mediapolis, 5(1).

Morgan Parmett, H. (2016). KVOS in the Local, Public Interest: Early Broadcasting and the Constitution of the Local. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 23(1): 95-108. DOI: 10.1080/19376529.2016.1155992

Morgan Parmett, H. (2016). It’s HBO: Passionate Engagement, TV Branding, and Tourism in the Post-Broadcast Era. Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, 13(1): 3-22. DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2015.1068431

Morgan Parmett, H. (2015). Shredding the Love: A Feminist Political Economy Critique of Gendered Lifestyle Branding. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 39(3): 202-224. DOI: 0.1177/0193723514557818

Morgan Parmett, H. (2014). Media as a Spatial Practice: Treme and the Production of the Media Neighbourhood. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 28(3): 286-299. DOI:

Ranachan, K. and Morgan Parmett, H. (2013). Selling Players for Pride and Profit: Sporting Labour, Neoliberalism, and Postcolonialism in Brazil. In R. Schwartz-Dupre (Ed.), Communicating Colonialism: Readings on Postcolonial Theory(s) and Communication. New York: Peter Lang

Morgan Parmett, H. (2012). Space, Place, and New Orleans on Television: From Frank’s Place to Treme. Television & New Media, 13(3), 193-212. DOI: 10.1177/1527476411421351

Morgan Parmett, H. (2012). Community/Common: Jean-Luc Nancy and Antonio Negri on Collective Potentialities. Communication, Culture, & Critique, 5(2): 171-190. DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-9137.2012.01125.x

Morgan Parmett, H. (2012). Disneyomatics: Cultural Policy, the Creative Economy, and the Production of Neoliberal Urban Space in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Mediascape. Winter. Available at

Helen Morgan-Parmett

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

critical media studies; television studies; space/place


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Communication Studies with an emphasis on Critical Media Studies, 2012
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication Studies, with emphases in Rhetoric and Media Studies, 2002
  • B.A., University of Vermont, Sociology and Political Science, minor in Speech, 2000


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Office Location:

425 Old Mill