Gavin Feller

Media - Culture - Religion

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Gavin Feller

Southern Utah University





Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2017. Communication Studies. Adviser: John Durham Peters


M.A. Florida Atlantic University, 2013. Communication Studies.


B.S. Weber State University, 2011. Communication (Electronic Media), with Sociology minor.




Peer Reviewed Articles:

Feller, G. (2018). Portable power, religious swag: Mediating authority in Brazilian Neo-Pentecostalism. Material Religion. DOI: 10.1080/17432200.2018.1488506

 Feller, G. (2018). Uncanny and doubly liminal: Social media, cross-cultural reentry, and LDS/Mormon missionary religious identity. Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 7(1), 7-28. 

Feller, G. (2018). Communing with compromise: Mormonism and the early Internet. Mormon Studies Review, 5, 67-72. 

Feller, G. (2017). Literary Technofiles: A Review of Tom Keegan’s Craft Critique Culture Conference Plenary Address. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(1), 73-75.


Feller, G. (2016). A moderate manifesto: Mormon feminism and Internet blogging. Journal of Media and Religion, 15(3), 156-166.


Feller, G. (2015). Sacralizing signals for the institution and the individual: KZN and the LDS Church’s discursive approach to radio as a new medium. Culture and Religion, 16(3), 327-343.


Burroughs, B. & Feller, G. (2015). Religious memetics: Institutional authority in digital/lived religion. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(4), 357-377.

Under Review

Feller, G. Discipline to display, conceal to reveal: Television, swimsuits, and Mormonism in 1950s America. Television and New Media.

Church, S. & Feller, G. Synecdoche, aesthetics, and the sublime online: Or, what’s a religious internet meme. New Media and Society.

Chapters in Edited Volumes 

(Forthcoming) Burroughs, B. & Feller, G. “Child-created content and the media industries” In Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children edited by Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver and Leslie Haddon. 

Book Reviews:

Peters, J. D. & Feller, G. (2016). A Review of Sensational movies: Video, vision, and Christianity in Ghana by Birgit Meyer. AnthroCyBib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliography Blog (online).  



Feller, G. (2017, February 13). Kicking the Saint and Why Material Religion Matters. Religion Going Public [Academic blog]. 


Curriculum Innovation Grant, Southern Utah University, 2018.  

Nominated - Professor of the Year, Southern Utah University, 2017.  

Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, participant, 2017.


George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies, Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah, 2016-2017.


Stanley Award for International Research, University of Iowa, 2016.


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Iowa, 2016.


Gronbeck Collegiality Award, University of Iowa, 2016.


Dissertation Research Award, University of Iowa, 2016.


(Declined) Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Award, University of Iowa, 2016.


Graduate College Fellowship Incentive Program Award, University of Iowa, 2016.


Conference Travel Grant, University of Iowa, 2015.


Recruitment Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2013.


Competitive Conference Paper Award: The Myth of the YouTube Revolution, third place award, Global Fusion, Ohio University, 2012.


Provost Fellowship, Florida Atlantic University, 2011.



Conceal to Reveal: Television, Faith, and Fashion in 1950s America. International Association for Media and Communication Research. Eugene, Oregon, 2018. 

Binding Families: Memory, Materiality, and the Gendering of Digital Photo Book Apps. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto, Canada, 2018. 

Families Agree on KSL-TV: Mormonism’s Tenuous Relationship with Early TV. Mormon Media Symposium, Brigham Young University- Hawaii. Laie, Hawaii, 2016.


Points of Contact: Materiality, Mediation, and Exchange in Brazilian Neo-Pentecostal Authority. International Society for Media, Religion conference. Seoul, Korea, 2016.


(Invited) Panel Member: Author Meets Critics Panel on From Jesus to the Internet: A history of Christianity and Media by Peter Horsfield (2015). International Society for Media, Religion conference. Seoul, Korea, 2016.


(Unable to attend) Far from Home: The Role of Social Media in LDS Missionary Cross-Cultural Re-entry. International Communication Association annual conference. Fukuoka, Japan, 2016.


Institutional Memetics: Religious Authority in Digital/Lived Religion. Co-authored with Ben Burroughs. National Communication Association annual conference. Las Vegas, NV, 2015.


Religious Memetics: Liminality, Faith, and Reflexivity within Digital Culture. Religious Communication Association, National Communication Association annual pre-conference. Chicago, IL, 2014.


In-tune with God and Radio: KZN and the LDS Church’s Discursive Approach to Radio as a New Medium, 1922-1927. Mormon Media Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT, 2014.


Weak Ties, Neck Ties, Tongue-Tied: Navigating Theoretical Challenges in the Study of Mormon Missionary Social Media Use. The University of Iowa Jakobsen graduate student conference. Iowa City, IA, 2014.


Not Just a Mom: Depictions of Modern Mormon Womanhood in the ‘I’m a Mormon Campaign.’ Media and Religion Conference: The Global View. University of Colorado at Boulder. Boulder, CO, 2014.


The Myth of the YouTube Revolution. Global Fusion. Athens, OH, 2012. 


From Promise to Profit: Your YouTube Corporation. Florida Communication Association. Orlando, FL, 2012.



Modest with a Little Mystery: Television, Swimsuits, and Mormonism in 1950s America. “Mormonism Engages the World,” co-sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Provo, Utah, 2017. 



Southern Utah University, Department of Communication, 2017-Current.

Assistant Professor:


  Introduction to Communication

            Broadcast/TV Production

Writing for Media

            Multimedia Management

            Media Law


Multimedia Storytelling

Professional Writing and Presentations

University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies, 2013-2017.


Global Media Studies


Teaching Assistant:

Communication Research Methods (Qualitative)


Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, 2011-2013.


Public Speaking

Teaching Assistant:

Introduction to Media Studies

Broadcast Journalism

Film Appreciation




Professional Development Program Co-Leader. Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa, Fall 2014.


University of Iowa TILE (teach, interact, learn, engage) classroom certification, 2014.


University of Iowa IDEAL (Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning) Institute Innovative Classroom Design Workshop participant, 2014.






Video and audio production

Live event production and crew management

Proficient in Adobe Premiere, Audition, After Effects; Final Cut Pro X; Pro Tools; Sony Acid Pro; Audacity




Documentary short film Stones and Light. Finalist, LDS Film Festival, 2016


Documentary short film Super Mario. Finalist, Flamingo Film Festival Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2012




Stanley Award for International Research Workshop- Invited Speaker, University of Iowa, 2016.


Department Review- Graduate Student Discussion Group Member, Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa, 2016.


Graduate Student Senate—Travel Funds Committee, University of Iowa, 2013-2014.


Communication Graduate Student Organization, Founder-President, Florida Atlantic University, 2012-2013.


Ajuda Brasil (NGO), Co-Founder, 2011.


Eagle Condor Humanitarian (NGO), Volunteer, 2010-2011.



Technology and Culture

Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural


Society for Cinema and Media Studies - Member

National Communication Association- Member

International Society for Media, Religion and Culture- Member

University of Iowa Graduate Student Union (COGS)- Member