Alison Trope, Ph.D.

Alison Trope is Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. She founded and serves as Director of the Critical Media Project (CMP), a web-based media literacy resource at the intersection of media literacy and identity (gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, age and disability). CMP is used in the Los Angeles Unified School District and other secondary and higher education institutions across the United States. CMP is also involved in curriculum design, impact research, and other public programs centered on media literacy and identity. See more here.  At Annenberg, Trope serves as the Faculty Director for IDEA (Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg), for which CMP is a key partner. She is the author of Stardust Monuments: The Saving and Selling of Hollywood (Dartmouth, 2012), which explores the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning Hollywood takes on in our everyday lives. Her other academic writing examines the history and current state of Hollywood philanthropy and activism.