Sue Lafky's research interests include feminist and critical media pedagogy, gender and the news work force, and gender and popular culture. She teaches news writing, political reporting, editing, gender and the mass media, and mass media and society.
She received BS and MA degrees in journalism and a PhD in mass communications. One of the founding editors of the journal Feminist Teacher, she continues to serve as its editor. She has worked at newspapers including the Herald-Times in Bloomington, IN; the Oregonian and the Sandy Post in Sandy, OR; and the Gresham Outlook in Gresham, OR.
Lafky joined the Iowa faculty in 1990. She previously taught at Temple University in Philadelphia.
She has published chapters in Women and Media: Content, Careers, Criticism; the first and second editions of Women in Mass Communication: Challenging Gender Values; and the second edition of The American Journalist. She has contributed entries to two encyclopedias, Women's Periodicals in the United States: Political and Social Issues (forthcoming) and the Encyclopedia of Women and Work. She has also published articles in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Studies in Popular Culture, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Newspaper Research Journal, and Journal of Communication Inquiry.
Lafky received the Presidential Service Award in 1995 and the Baskette Mosse Award for Faculty Development in 1996 from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She also is a member of the National Women's Studies Association and the International Communication Association.