Erika Engstrom

Professor, Communication Studies
Expertise: Mass media and gender/women, Popular culture, Television


Erika Engstrom teaches in the UNLV department of communication studies. She does research on mass media portrayals of women, weddings, and aspects of popular culture that deal with religion. Her work centering on women and the mass media includes the book 'The Bride Factory," and "Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness."


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Florida
  • M.A., Communication, University of Central Florida
  • B.A., Radio-Television, University of Central Florida

Articles Featuring Erika Engstrom

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ResearchAugust 15, 2018
A new book on NBC’s Parks and Recreation sheds light on how feminist ideologies and humor within the TV show helped challenge our thinking.
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Arts and CultureFebruary 2, 2017
What NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' can teach us about feminism.
Erika Engstrom
Campus NewsJanuary 28, 2015
Professor Erika Engstrom on how aspects of religion and cultural values have become folded into the long-running, horror-based fictional TV program "Supernatural."
Campus NewsAugust 8, 2014
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.