1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Andre Cavalcante

Assistant Professor

225 Wilson Hall

Office Hours:

Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

Class Schedule:

MDST 2000 - Introduction to Media Studies





Dr. Cavalcante joined the Media Studies Department as an Assistant Professor in Fall of 2013. He also has a joint appointment with the Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality.  Dr. Cavalcante earned his PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan where he was honored with the ‘Graduate Student Instructor of the Year' Award in 2009 and the university wide ‘Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award’ in 2013.  

Dr. Cavalcante's research explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues in media.  He analyses media's critical role in establishing and rearticulating social identities along the axes of gender, race, class and sexuality.  Dr. Cavalcante also specializes in audience research and the qualitative study of media and everyday life.   

Informed by over three years of ethnographic work, his current book project focuses on how media change has influenced the everyday life possibilities and circumstances of transgender individuals living in the American Midwest and San Francisco.

Dr. Cavalcante has published on various topics including transgender visibility in media, the representation of gay parenting, new media audience activity on Facebook, and the cultural significance of popular television.  His work has appeared in the journals Television & New Media and Critical Studies in Media Communication, and in the anthologies Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences and Reality Television: Oddities of Culture.