About Dr. McCracken


Arienne McCracken, Ph.D., is an assistant teaching professor in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University. Her research focuses on dress in cultural and societal contexts, especially as manifested in the online world, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. She currently teaches courses in styling, apparel product development, retail merchandising, and cultural perspectives of dress.


  • Ph.D. – Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, Iowa State University
  • Master’s of Communication Management – Digital Social Media/Online Communities, University of Southern California
  • M.A – History of Art, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. – Slavic Studies, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., summa cum laude – Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian), The Ohio State University


  • Retail merchandising
  • Product development and manufacturing
  • Styling
  • Dress in society/socio-psychological aspects of dress
  • Cultural perspectives of dress
  • Digital textile printing


  • Digital media and dress
  • Consumer behavior
  • Socio-psychological aspects of dress
  • Gender studies
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Professional Affiliations

  • International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)
  • Costume Society of America (CSA)
  • Popular Culture Association (PCA)
  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)