Nina Huntemann, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism

Phone: 617-573-8767
Fax: 617-742-6982
Office: Ridgeway Building, Rm. 410


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Feminist Studies Certificate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • The military-entertainment complex
  • Game studies
  • Representation of gender and class in the media
  • Consumer culture
  • Media literacy and critical pedagogy
  • The social impact of new media technologies
  • The political economy of communication
  • History of communications technology and regulation


Nina B. Huntemann, Ph.D. is an associate professor of media studies at Suffolk University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on new media technologies, particular video and computer games, and incorporates feminist, critical cultural studies and political economy perspectives. Most recently she co-edited with Matthew Thomas Payne the anthology Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010). She produced and directed the educational video, Game Over: Gender, Race and Violence in Video Games (2000), distributed by the Media Education Foundation, and is currently creating an update to that film. She has published several articles on the image of women in video games, women's use of the Internet for social change, and the political economy of the US commercial radio industry.

Selected Publications

“Irreconcilable Differences: Gender and Labor in the Video Game Workplace.” (January 22, 2010). FLOW TV.

Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games. Eds. Nina B. Huntemann and Matthew Thomas Payne. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2010.

“Pixel Pinups: Images of Women in Video Games.” In Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content and Producers, 2nd Edition. Ed. Rebecca Lind. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2010: 250-257.

"Gender in the Media Studies Blogosphere" with Melissa A. Click. (May 28, 2009). FLOW TV: Special Social Media Issue.

"Enlisting Players from Console to Mall." (April 28, 2009). In Media Res.

“Review: The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies.” Cinema Journal, Vol. 48. No. 3. 2009: 145-147.

“Seminar for Freshmen: Media Literacy.” In Civic Engagement in the First Year of College. Ed. Martha J. LaBare. New York, NY: The New York Times Knowledge Network and The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the University of South Carolina, 2008: 91-92.

“Pink Slips for Booth Babe? No Way! Re-train and Re-skill.” (February 13, 2007). FLOW TV: Special Video Games Issue.

Courses Taught


Introduction to Media; Introduction to Communication; Media Effects; Media History; The Business of Media; New Media & New Markets; Media Literacy; Globalization of Media and Telecommunications; Documentary Film Criticism; Seminar in Digital Gaming, and Honors Seminar in Communication.


Consumer Society; Media Literacy; New Media, New Markets; Internet Research; and Cultural Studies.