Media and Communication Studies

Headshot of Lynne Edwards
Headshot of Lynne Edwards

Lynne Edwards

Lynne Edwards is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College and is a Distinguished Research Fellow with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Edwards is passionate about everything she does, from teaching courses that analyze the cultural impact of Facebook to encouraging students to present and publish their research about everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to cyber-predation communication analysis. Whatever the topic, no matter the platform, Dr. E is all in!


Media and Communication Studies


  • B.A., Ursinus College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Facebook Nation
Sex, Race and Comedy
Audience Analysis
Into the Matrix
Seminar in Media Analysis

Research Interests

  • Race and gender representations in popular media
  • Cyberbullying analysis, prevention and response
  • Cyberpredation analysis, prevention and response

Recent Work


Edwards, Lynne, Angela Corbo, April Kontostathis. (2013). “Sex, Stings Suicide, and Scandal in Murphy, Texas: Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator,” in Contemporary Media Ethics, 2nd Edition, Mitch Land, Bill Hornaday and Koji Fuse, Eds.

Reynolds, Kelly, April Kontostathis, and Lynne Edwards. (2011). Using Machine Learning to Detect Cyberbullying. In Proceedings of the 2011 10th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications Workshops (ICMLA 2011). December 2011. Honolulu, HI. 

McGhee, I., Bayzick, J., Kontostathis, A., Edwards, L., McBride, A., and Jakubowski, E. (2011). “Learning how to identify internet sexual predation.” International Journal of Electronic Commerce. Vol. 15, Number 3, Spring.

Kontostathis, April, Lynne Edwards and Amanda Leatherman. (2009). Text Mining and Cybercrime, In Survey of Text Mining III: Clustering, Classification, and Retrieval (No. 3), Michael Berry and Jacob Kogan, Eds., Springer-Verlag. 2009.