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Sophia A. McClennen

Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature, Penn State

Dr. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature and directs Penn State's Center for Global Studies.

She has published eight books and has three in process. Her most recent book, Is Satire Saving our Nation? Mockery and American Politics (Palgrave 2014), which she co-wrote with PSU communications undergraduate Remy Maisel, a collaboration that made Penn State history. She is also the author of Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy (2012), which studies the role of Stephen Colbert in shaping political discourse after 9/11.

Her next book will be a co-edited volume on Human Rights and Literature to be published by Routledge in 2014. And her next major media studies project, Globalization and Latin American Cinema, focuses on the ways that a number of films from Latin America reflect national and international cultural policies, shifts in production and consumption of cinema, and changing identity constructions.


  • –present
    Director, Center for Global Studies, Pennsylvania State University