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Lelia Chilarescu

Lelia Samson

Doctoral Candidate
The Media School

lchilare 'at' indiana 'dot' edu


I came to IU in 2007 after having studied Journalism/Philology (BA), Sociology (MA) and Philosophy (MA) at University of the West-Timisoara and at University of Massachusetts-Boston. While studying for my graduate degrees, I had the opportunity to be involved in various teaching, grants and research projects, which lead to an Assistant Lecturer position at University of the West-Timisoara.

Yet, my interest in learning more about how people process media messages brought me to the The Media School at IU. Here, I am completing a PhD in Mass Communications and minors in Cognitive Science and Human Sexuality.

My research investigates how various elements of identity (especially age-, sexuality- and gender-related factors) interact with media content during information processing. My dissertation explores how heuristic-systematic processes and gender might explain some of the underlying mechanisms behind the third-person perception, specifically related to sexual appeals in advertising.

When I am not studying, I enjoy reading 'for fun', exploring the outdoors and just observing various manifestations of humanity as I travel around the globe.