Dr. McElearney joined the faculty in Fall 2020. Previously, he held faculty appointments at Louisiana State University and at San Jose State University. His research explores the sociocultural interplay between teenage identity and health through focusing on bodily performance, narrative, (un)controllability, the media, and cognitive and emotional affect. Dr. McElearney’s primary research takes a critical ethnographic approach to analyze teenage cancer patient’s telling personal cancer stories online, where he maps new narrative and performative structures for telling an illness story. For his second line of research, he takes a critical qualitative approach to teenage identity in health campaigns, where he leads a team conducting research to (re)implement and to (re)develop a campaign targeting childhood obesity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additionally, Dr. McElearney has numerous credits for directing, writing, and performing in shows at multiple venues.
Performance Studies, Narrative Studies, Critical Culture, Health Communication, (Auto)Ethnography