My Research

As a cultural studies scholar, my research focuses on the lived reality of media audiences (specifically women, women of color, or victims of domestic violence), how those women are depicted, and how they interpret and make meaning from the media they consume.

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“It’s that ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ piece of it”: Domestic violence survivors in true crime podcast audiences

Through in-depth qualitative interviews with 16 women who identify as domestic violence survivors and fans of true crime podcasts, this audience reception study explores why these women are drawn to these podcasts and how they make meaning of the content. A feminist, critical cultural lens is used to examine how the content they consume intersects with their lived experiences. Findings show that they are drawn to true crime podcasts for four main reasons: the appeal of audio media, the power of a good story, the educational value of the content, their therapeutic need for understanding, and camaraderie through community. Ultimately, I argue that women who identify as domestic violence survivors and consume true crime podcasts are using the media in unprecedented ways, challenging the patriarchal nature of media’s historical coverage of domestic violence, and shedding light on weaknesses in the criminal justice system. By immersing themselves in a world where their lived experiences are normalized, these women can process their own trauma and collaborate with podcasters to educate others about the reality of domestic violence in our society.

RECENT PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

denetra walker, kelli S. Boling

Black maternal mortality in the media: How journalists cover a deadly racial disparity.

khalid alharbi, kelli S. Boling

Saudi women take the wheel: A content analysis of how Saudi Arabian car companies reached women on social media

Kelli S. Boling, Denetra Walker

How race and gender impact perceived objectivity of broadcast women of color on Twitter.

Kelli S. Boling, Leigh M. Moscowitz

Truth, justice, and sexual harassment: A comparative analysis of the Op-Eds in the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings.

Kelli S. Boling

“We matter”: The cultural significance of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C.

Kelli S. Boling

#ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution.

Boling, K. S. (2022). “I’m not a journalist. I don’t think that I necessarily fall under the same rules that they do.”: Journalistic ethics in true crime podcast production. Ethical Space, 19(3/4 2022), 44-51.

Slakoff, D. C., Boling, K.S., & Tadros, E. (2022). “I just couldn’t cope with it, you know? I just couldn’t believe that she was gone”: The portrayal of co-victims’ grief in true crime podcasts about missing (and presumed killed) women. Journal of Family Violence. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-022-00471-w

Boling, K.S. (2022). “It’s that ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ piece of it”: Domestic violence survivors in true crime podcast audiences. Accepted for publication in Mass Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2022.2061359

Walker, D., & Boling, K. S. (2022). Black maternal mortality in the media: How journalists cover a deadly racial disparity. Journalism. DOI:10.1177/14648849211063361

Alharbi, K., & Boling, K. S. (2022). Saudi women take the wheel: A content analysis of how Saudi Arabian car companies reached women on social media. Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising. DOI:10.1080/10641734.2021.1995543

Boling, K. S., & Walker, D. (2021). How race and gender impact perceived objectivity of broadcast women of color on Twitter. Social Media + Society. DOI:10.1177/20563051211062921

Boling, K. S., & Moscowitz, L. M. (2021). Truth, justice, and sexual harassment: A comparative analysis of the Op-Eds in the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings. Journalism Studies. DOI:10.1080/1461670X.2021.1991836

Boling, K. S., Hull, K., & Moscowitz, L. M. (2021). Missing, or just missed? Mediating loss in the Missing Richard Simmons podcast. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 38(2), 254-274. DOI:10.1080/19376529.2019.1682585

Boling, K. S. (2021). “We matter”: The cultural significance of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C. Journalism History. DOI:10.1080/00947679.2021.1983348

Boling, K. S. (2020). #ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution. Feminist Media Studies, 20(7), 966-982. DOI:10.1080/14680777.2019.1620821

Boling, K. S. (2019). True crime podcasting: Journalism, justice, or entertainment? International Radio Journal, 17(2), 161-178. DOI: 10.1386/rjao_00003_1

Boling, K. S., & Hull, K. (2018). Undisclosed information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining motivations in the true crime podcast audience. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 25(1), 92-108. DOI:10.1080/19376529.2017.1370714

Mortensen, T., Hull, K., & Boling, K. S. (2017). Really Social Disaster: An examination of photo sharing on twitter during the #SCFlood. Visual Communication Quarterly, 24(4), 219-229. DOI:10.1080/15551393.2017.1388704

*Aubrey, A., & Boling, K. S. (In Press). Black, Brown, and Financially Thriving: Redefining Economic Podcasting, in The Routledge Companion to Business Journalism.

Boling, K. (2023). How the civil rights era brought diversity to television news. In Finneman & Pribanic-Smith (Eds.), Social Justice, Activism and Diversity in U.S. Media History. New York: Routledge DOI:10.4324/9781003299738

Boling, K. S. (In press). Podcasting Pedagogy: The power of sound, participation, and marginalized voices in a virtual classroom in Podcast Studies: Practice into Theory, Theory into Practice.

Hull, K., & Boling, K. S. (2018). “I was very intoxicated”: An Examination of the Image-Repair Discourse of Ryan Lochte Following the 2016 Olympics in Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call.

*Graduate Student Co-Author

Walsh, J., Boling, K. S., Stamm, J., & Petrotta, B. (2023, August). “Perjurers, rapists, and zealots are ending abortion”: Sports journalists’ reaction to the loss of abortion rights. Accepted for presentation at the 2023 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C.

Boling, K. S. (2023, August). “The Supreme Court is poised to overturn #RoeVWade and I’m mad as hell.”: A politically charged feminist discourse analysis. Accepted for presentation at the 2023 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C.

Boling, K. S. (2023, August). Critical pedagogy in a large lecture classroom: Increasing awareness, knowledge, and a desire for change. Accepted for presentation at the 2023 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C.

Schlosser, A., Subramanian, R., Kirkpatrick, C., Boling, K. S., Hample, J., & Jones, V. (2023, April). #NarcanSavesLives: Strength and Solidarity in Youth Digital Activism in an Overdose Crisis. Presented at Harm Reduction International Conference 2023 (HR23) in Melbourne, Australia.

Schlosser, A., Subramanian, R., Kirkpatrick, C., Boling, K. S., Hample, J., & Jones, V. (2023, March). #NarcanSavesLives: Digital Assembly and the Social Construction of a Public Health Intervention. Presented at the 2023 Health Humanities Consortium Conference in Cleveland, OH.

Boling, K.S. (2022, June). “I’m not a journalist. I don’t think that I necessarily fall under the same rules that they do.”: Journalistic ethics in true crime podcast production. Presented at the 2022 Investigating true crime and the media conference at Newcastle University, UK.

Slakoff, D. C., & Boling, K.S. (2021, November). The portrayal of co-victims’ grief in true crime podcasts about missing women. Presented at the 2021 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

Boling, K.S. (2021, August). The power of a good story: True crime podcasts and the domestic violence survivors in their audiences. Presented at the 2021 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in New Orleans, LA.

Boling, K. S., & Walker, D. (2020, August). The impact of race, ethnicity, and gender on perceived objectivity of broadcasters on Twitter. Presented at the 2020 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in San Francisco, CA.

Walker, D., & Boling, K. S. (2020, August). Black maternal mortality in the media: How journalists cover a deadly racial disparity. Presented at the 2020 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in San Francisco, CA. First Place Student Paper, Minorities and Communication Division

Boling, K. S., & Moscowitz, L. M. (2020, August). Truth, justice, and sexual harassment: A comparative analysis of the Op-Eds in the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings. Presented at the 2020 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in San Francisco, CA.

Alharbi, K., Pardun, C. J., & Boling, K. S. (2020, August). Saudi women take the wheel: A content analysis of how Saudi Arabian car companies reached women on social media. Presented at the 2020 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in San Francisco, CA.

Boling, K. S. (2019, August). Lost in translation: The disturbing decision to limit access to audio court files for podcasters. Presented at the 2019 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Toronto, Canada. Third Place Student Paper, Law & Policy Division

Boling, K. S., Hull, K., & Moscowitz, L. M. (2019, August). Missing, or just missed? Mediating loss in the Missing Richard Simmons podcast. Presented at the 2019 Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Toronto, Canada.

Boling, K. S. (2019, May). #ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution. Presented at the annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference in Washington, D.C.

Boling, K. S. (2019, March). A “travesty of fundamental fairness” or a “mass moral reckoning”: An analysis of the Op-Ed discourse during the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings. Presented at the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Southeast Colloquium in Columbia, S.C. Top Student Paper, Newspaper & Online News Division

Boling, K. S., Moscowitz, L. M., & Pardun, C. J. (2019, February). Eating for change: How media use and social justice impact consumer perceptions of ethical labels. Presented at the annual Interdisciplinary Conference at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

Boling, K. S. (2018, August). “We matter”: The launching of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C. Presented at the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C. Third Place Student Paper, History Division

Boling, K. S. (2018, August). Enjoying crime: Examining disposition theory in the true crime podcast audience. Presented at the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C.

Boling, K. S. (2018, March). “The Bad Guys”: Examining Consumer Perceptions and Media Myths about Registered Sex Offenders. Paper presented the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Southeast Colloquium in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Boling, K. S. (2018, March). Lost in translation: The disturbing decision to limit access to audio court files for podcasters. Paper presented the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Southeast Colloquium in Tuscaloosa, AL. Top Student Paper, Law and Policy Division

Boling, K. S. (2017, April). True Crime Podcasting: Journalism, Justice, or Entertainment? Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in Las Vegas, NV.

Boling, K. S. (2017, April). Understanding the True Crime Podcast Audience: An Exploration of Uses and Gratifications. Paper presented at the annual Discover USC conference in Columbia, SC.

Boling, K. S. (2017, August). Undisclosed Information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining Motivations in the True Crime Podcast Audience. Paper presented at the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL.

Walker, D., & Boling, K. S. (2017, August). “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”: Media Portrayals of Race and Responsibility Framing in Police Shootings. Paper presented at the annual Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL. Second Place Student Paper, Minorities and Communication Division

Boling, K. S. (Feb. 7, 2022). Cultural significance of a Black public affairs program. Journalism History. https://journalism-history.org/2022/02/07/boling-essay-cultural-significance-of-a-black-public-affairs-program/

Pardun, C. J., & Boling, K. S. (2020). Caveat Emptor. Journalism & Communication Monographs, 22(2), 160-163.