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PhD Candidate, University of Maryland

Shannon Scovel is a PhD candidate in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland studying the representation of women in sports and digital media. A 2017-2018 Fulbright scholar, Shannon earned her master’s degree in gender studies at the University of Stirling and her undergraduate degree in journalism at American University. Her master’s dissertation focused on the coverage of women during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics in The Times (UK), and her research continues to explore the relationship between gender, sport and journalism. Shannon has published a book chapter on women’s wrestling apparel in Sportswomen’s Apparel Around the World: Uniformly Discussed as well as metajournalistic discourse analysis research on the legacy of Kobe Bryant. Her doctoral dissertation builds on her previous sports media research and explores how women athletes promote themselves on social media in the era of Name, Image and Likeness.