Liz Lance is the research manager at Northwestern University in Qatar, where she oversees the university’s grant portfolio, both pre- and post-award. She also teaches and conducts research on gender and the media. Lance holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, where she served as the assistant editor of the scholarly journal Visual Communication Quarterly and a producer for the Global Journalist radio program. She was a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow to Nepal in 2008-09, and a recipient of a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study in Bangladesh in 2012 and 2013. She speaks Nepali fluently and is conversant in Bangla.

Lance's research agenda focuses on gender in international media. She is currently building on previous work on comparative international media systems and gatekeeping theory to understand how women appear in Qatari news media, where significant taboos exist around depicting women in the media. Current projects include applying the theory of symbolic annihilation in the Arab Gulf, a content analysis of Qatari news media to determine what factors influence how and when women are depicted, and an analysis of how women consume news and entertainment media in six countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).