Author Bios from Flow’s first 9 Volumes (1-9)
(Author bios for Volumes 10 – current available here)
Kim Akass is Research Fellow (TV Drama) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has co-edited and contributed to Reading Sex and the City (IB Tauris, 2004), Reading Six Feet Under: TV To Die For (IB Tauris, 2005), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (IB Tauris, 2006), Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence (IB Tauris, 2006) and Quality TV: Contemporary American TV and Beyond (IB Tauris, 2007). She is currently researching the representation of motherhood on American TV and is one of the founding editors of the television journal Critical Studies in Television (MUP) as well as (with McCabe) series editor of Reading Contemporary Television for IB Tauris.
Hector Amaya is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southwestern University in Texas. His scholarship explores the relationship of political identity formation and media use. He has published on political identity formation in the context of breast cancer and photography (International Journal of Qualitative Studies) and has forthcoming publications on Latino citizenship and the US-Iraqi war (Latino Studies), and racialized reception of documentary (Television and New Media). Forthcoming projects include studies on the phenomenology of citizenship, masculinity and sexuality in contemporary Mexican film, comparative Chilean and Mexican film, and comparative uses of freedom in Cuba and the USA.
Christopher Anderson teaches about movies, television, and advertising in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He is the author of Hollywood TV: The Studio System in the Fifties. His current research explores the role of advertising agencies and corporate sponsors in the history of American radio and television.
Tim Anderson is an assistant professor at Denison University, a liberal arts school in Ohio, in their Department of Communication. His particular interest is in adapting the many cultural materialist frameworks that film and television historians have actively developed and nurtured to understand their respective mediums in order to better understand the development of the industrialization of popular music. He presents regularly at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, is published in a number of journals including Cinema Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, Spectator and American Music, and his book, Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording is to be published in Spring 2006 by University of Minnesota Press. When he is not writing, meditating with his cats, or spending time at his public library, he can be hit up for a game of chess, Street Hoops, or Katamari Damacy.
Mark Andrejevic is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, and several articles and book chapters on surveillance, TV and new media. He is currently working on a book called The Limits of Interactivity.
Michela Ardizzoni currently teaches media at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her PhD in Communication and Culture from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research focuses on global media, transnationalism, identity politics, immigration, alternative and new media with an emphasis on Western Europe. Her study of Italian television North/South, East/West: Mapping Italiannes on Television was published in 2007 by Lexington Books. She is the co-editor of Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media, forthcoming by Lexington Press. She’s currently working on a project that examines the emergence of new urban media in transnational contexts. This project consists of ethnographic studies of the relationship between new urban media, globalization, and identity politics in a variety of national and transnational settings. Her articles have appeared in journals like “Women’s Studies,” “Journal of Communication Inquiry” and “Social Identities.”
Ben Aslinger (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Bentley College. His current research explores the rise of popular music licensing in television and new media and the ways that licensing trends alter contemporary understandings of television authorship, video game design, and the marketing and usage of portable devices. His research interests include media convergence, production cultures, and sound studies.
Miranda Banks is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Her current manuscript, The XX Factor: Gendered Labor in Production Cultures , explores the conditions and economics of gendered labor in film and television production. As well, she and Ellen Seiter are co-authoring research on current creative/craft guild negotiations in Hollywood and labor struggles around digital media, cultural labor, and industry professionalization. She has written for The Journal of Popular Film and Television, Refractory, and for the anthologies Garb: A Reader on Fashion and Culture and Teen Television. She is currently working on a co-edited anthology with John Caldwell and Vicki Mayer on Production Cultures.
Kathleen Battles (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Communication, and Journalism at Oakland University in Michigan. Her research focuses on the role of broadcasting in the creation of cultural discourses and maintenance of cultural norms. She works on issues surrounding contemporary representations of gays and lesbians in the media, for which she received a grant from the GLAAD Center for the Study of Media and Society and a co-authored publication in Critical Studies in Media Communication. A specialist in media history, her current book project examines the relationship between developments in policing and the radio crime dramas of the Depression era.
Mary Beltrán is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Chicana-Latino Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is focused on the production and narration of race, gender, and class in U.S. entertainment media and celebrity culture and the ways in which media texts and media producers articulate social hierarchies and group and national identities. She is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom and co-editor (with Camilla Fojas) of the anthology Mixed Race Hollywood. She is currently working on a new book project titled Post Race Pop? Diversity, Ambiguity, and Colorblind Politics in Millennial Television.
Daniel Bernardi is an Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he is working with his colleagues to establish a Film and Media Studies program. He received his doctorate Film and Television Studies from UCLA, where he earned a Ford Dissertation Fellowship. He went on to earn a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as teach at UCLA, UC-Riverside and the University of Arizona. Concerned with the social significance of popular culture, he is the editor of The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of US Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 1996) and Classic Hollywood/Classic Whiteness (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). He is also the author of Star Trek and History: Race-Ing Toward a White Future (Rutgers University Press, 1998). He’s published essays and articles in The Encyclopedia of Knowledge, The Encyclopedia of Television, Film & History, Journal of American History, Science Fiction Studies, Stanford Humanities Review, and in collected works. Bernardi edits a book series for Temple University Press, Emerging Media: History, Theory, Narrative.
Aniko Bodroghkozy is an associate professor of Media Studies and English and interim director of the Media Studies Program at the University of Virginia. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion. She has published articles on topics such as 1960s youth rebellion films in Cinema Journal, early 60s socially relevant dramas and Kennedy-era liberalism in Television and New Media, and on the black family sit-com Good Times in Screen. Her article on the 1960s black sit-com Julia has been reprinted in numerous anthologies. She is currently finishing up a book on the civil rights movement and television.
Will Brooker is Associate Professor of Communications at Richmond University in London. His books include Batman Unmasked (2000), Using the Force (2002), The Audience Studies Reader (2002) and Alice’s Adventures (2004). His next edited work, a collection of new essays on Blade Runner, will be published in Spring 2005, and he is currently researching concepts of fan pilgrimage.
Patrick Burkart is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. He researches and publishes on telecommunications and media studies. He is the co-author of Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox with Tom McCourt (Rowman & Littlefield), and is the author of the forthcoming Music and Cyberliberties (Wesleyan University Press). He serves as the Fair Use Committee Co-Chair (with Kembrew McLeod) for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US division.
Michele Byers, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the editor of Growing Up Degrassi: Television, Identity and Youth Cultures (2005), co-editor, with David Lavery, of the forthcoming Dear Angela: Remembering My So-called Life, and is co-editing a volume on C.S.I. with Val Johnson. Dr. Byers has written extensively in the areas of Media Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies.
Ray Cha holds a Masters at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Viacom, Columbia University, the Institute for the Future of the Book and now, CScout, a trends consultancy. Currently, he writes for popgadget.net, msn.com, and Flow. In varying degrees, his writing and research covers technology, communication, research & design, and policy.
Daniel Chamberlain is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies department at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. His research is focused on the cultural impact of film, television, and new media, particularly on how emergent media technologies produce new types of urban spaces and interfaces. He previously earned a Master’s degree in Critical studies from USC and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Steven Classen is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with John Fiske. His doctoral dissertation won multiple awards, including the “outstanding dissertation” award from the Mass Communication division of the International Communication Association. His book Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles Over Mississippi Television, 1955-1969 (Duke University Press), won the 2004 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research. His other publications include essays in Critical Studies in Mass Communication and Television & New Media, as well as television and popular culture anthologies.
John Corner is Professor in the School of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool. His books include Television Form and Public Address (1995), The Art of Record (1996) and Critical Ideas in Television Studies (1999) and he has edited a number of works including Popular Television in Britain (1991) and most recently, with Dick Pels, Media and the Re-Styling of Politics (2003). His work has appeared in many journals, including in the last few years Screen, Media, Culture and Society, Television and New Media, Communication Review and The Journal of British Cinema and Television. He is currently finishing off a book with colleagues on the history of British current affairs television and writing on shifts in political communication and on documentary pictorial style.
Dr. Barbara Crow is the director of the joint graduate programme in Communication and Culture at York/Ryerson Universities. Her areas of interest are digital technologies, feminist theories, and social movements.
Michael Curtin is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of Global Studies at the UW International Institute. His books include Redeeming the Wasteland: Television Documentary and Cold War Politics (Rutgers, 1995), Making and Selling Culture (co-editor; Wesleyan, 1996) and The Revolution Wasn’t Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict (co-editor; Routledge, 1997). He is currently working on two books: Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV and Media Capital: The Cultural Geography of Global TV.
Aaron Delwiche is Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Trinity University. For more than fifteen years, Dr. Aaron Delwiche has studied ways that the Internet can be used to promote global dialogue. From 1999-2002, as the Director of Interface Development at Lemon Asia, he facilitated Hong Kong’s leading interactive agency’s regional expansion into Singapore and Mainland China. Aaron’s innovative experiments with virtual worlds in the classroom have been covered by international publications ranging from Wired to The Guardian (UK). An entrepreneur, researcher and educator, Aaron writes a column on digital culture for the San Antonio Current and was co-chair of the Singapore-based State of Play conference on global virtual worlds in August 2007. He is also a co-founder of Elastic Collision, a consultancy focusing on the use of virtual worlds for education, collaboration and cross-cultural communication.
Mary Desjardins is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at Dartmouth College. Her work, which often explores the relation between film and television, has appeared in Film Quaterly, Camera Obscura, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, The Velvet Light Trap, and anthologies such as Small Screens, Big Ideas: Television in the Fifties ed. Janet Thumim and Television, History, and American Culture eds. Mary Beth Haralovich and Lauren Rabinovitz. Her books, Recycled Stars: Female Film Stardom in the Age of Television and Video and a co-edited anthology on Marlene Dietrich, are forthcoming from Duke University Press. Two recent essays are “Ephemeral Culture/eBay Culture: Film Collectibles and Fan Investments” in Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting and Desire eds. Ken Hillis et al (Routledge) and “The Objects of Our Affections: Material Practices, Material Culture, and (a) Film History,” forthcoming in the on-line journal Vectors. Mary is also on the board of Console-ing Passions.
Nichola Dobson is an independent scholar based in Scotland. She received her PhD from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh in 2004 where she also lectured in Media Studies. Her thesis was on “The Fall and Rise of the Anicom: the Sitcom Genre in U.S. TV Animation (1960 – 2003)”. She is currently lecturing at Glasgow Caledonian University on Discourse and Ideology and researching and writing a book on animation in her spare time. She is the editor of the Society for Animation Studies’ peer reviewed online journal Animation Studies and is starting to follow up her PhD research on TV animation. Other research interests include film and television genre, film and television comedy, media studies, digital media and crime fiction. She has published articles in several journals and recently contributed to an edited collection, The CSI Effect: Television, Crime and Critical Theory (forthcoming, Lexington).
Dr. Dunleavy completed her MA and PhD between 1994 and 1998, during the formation of Auckland University’s Department of Film, Television and Media Studies and, in 1999, was among the first of its graduates to gain a PhD. Prior to her appointment at Victoria, Dr. Dunleavy lectured in Television and Film Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. In 2001, she returned to New Zealand to help establish a new programme in Media Studies at Victoria University, acting as its Programme Director until early 2003. Dr. Dunleavy specialises in Television Studies, with her current research focussed on transitions in British and American TV drama, including those derived from the increased provision and competition in television since 1990. Informed by international developments in television’s institutional ecology and industry, her recent publications have examined the changing position of ‘high production value’ TV programming, specifically drama.
Mara Einstein is the author of the new book, Brands of faith: Marketing religion in a commercial age, a critique of promoting religion in today’s consumer-oriented culture. Dr. Einstein has been working in or writing about the media industry for the past 20 years. She has enjoyed stints as an executive at NBC, MTV Networks, and at major advertising agencies working on such accounts as Miller Lite, Uncle Ben’s and Dole Foods. Her first book, Media Diversity: Economics, Ownership and the FCC (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004), was the cause for much debate when research from this work was used by the FCC to redefine the media ownership rules. She is an Associate Professor at Queens College, an adjunct at the Stern School of Business at NYU, and an independent marketing consultant.
John Nguyet Erni
John Nguyet Erni is Associate Professor of Media & Cultural Studies in the Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong. He is author of Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing”? AIDS (University of Minnesota Press, 1994), editor of a special issue of Cultural Studies entitled “Becoming (Postcolonial) Hong Kong” (2001), and co-editor of two new books Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology and Asian Media Studies: The Politics of Subjectivities (both from Blackwell, 2005). He has just completed a Master of Laws in Human Rights at the University of Hong Kong.
Jane Feuer is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her main areas of interest are film, popular culture, television and Cultural Studies. Her publications include The Hollywood Musical ( second edition , 1993) and Seeing through the Eighties: Television and Reaganism. (Duke University Press,1995).
Adam Fish is an archaeologist in Native America, a filmmaker in Buddhist India, and a graduate student in critical studies in film, television, and digital media at UCLA. His focus is on the production of low-budget, first-person, non-fiction television. Additional interests include cultures of independent filmmaking, phenomenological approaches to social science, reflexivity and self-parody, and the application of digital media in postcolonial historiography. He is completing a self-financed, first-person documentary on spiritual tourism in Sikkim, India , called Tantric Tourists.
Eric Freedman is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University. An independent video artist and former public access producer, his experimental video work has shown at such venues as the Long Beach Museum of Art, the American Film Institute, and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. His early scholarly work on public access cable television, excerpts of which are included in The Television Studies Reader, The Television Studies Book and the journal Television and New Media, has culminated in a research agenda that tackles several interrelated subjects that are included in the broad terrain of new technology, media access and autobiographical discourses. His forthcoming book with the University of Minnesota Press, examines the assumptions that underpin the exhibition of personal images, occasional photographs and amateur video in public domains.
Ted Friedman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of Electric Dreams: Computers in American Culture (NYU Press, 2005), which traces the struggles to define the meanings and uses of computers from Charles Babbage’s difference engine to Napster, Linux, and blogs. He is currently working on a book on the politics of Hollywood during the Bush years. His writing on culture, politics and technology has been published in alt.culture, Bad Subjects, Blender, Communication Research, Critical Studies in Media Communication, CyberSociety, Details, Encyclopedia of New Media, First Monday, Nadine, On a Silver Platter, Product placement в средствах массовой информации, Radio On, SimCity: Mappando la Citta Virtuali, The Source, Spin, Stim ,and Vibe. His website is http://www.tedfriedman.com.
Cynthia Fuchs teaches at George Mason University.
Jennifer Fuller (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are race, gender, American identity and television history.
Tim Gibson is an Associate Professor of Communication at George Mason University. His research interests include the political economy of communication and the politics of popular culture. In particular, his research has focused on the relationship between media and urban development, including how issues of gentrification and urban renewal are represented in the media.
Faye Ginsburg is the David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at New York University.
Dana C. Gravesen
Dana C. Gravesen has written a feature article for Flow. He is an administrator at New York University. He received his B.F.A. and M.A. from New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies. His work on the American sitcom (and Roseanne, in particular) has been presented at the New York University Cinema Studies Student Conference as well as the Craft/Critique/Culture Conference hosted at the University of Iowa. Current independent research includes narrative structure and form in the American sitcom, reception of American daytime serial drama, and television fandom.
Jonathan Gray is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests center around the complex relationships between text, audience, and intertext, particularly with regards to television and film entertainment. He is author of Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts (NYU Press, 2010), Television Entertainment (Routledge, 2008), and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality (Routledge, 2006), and co-editor of three collections, the most recent being Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (NYU Press, 2009). He blogs at http://www.extratextual.tv
Joshua Green is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, where he is also Research Manager of the Convergence Culture Consortium. Green leads a team of researchers exploring the changing media landscape and the ramifications of convergence and participatory culture for content production, advertising and branding practice, and the way we understand media audiences. His current research looks at the formation of the participatory audience and television branding in the context of participatory culture.
Bambi Haggins is an associate professor of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Her teaching and research interests include television history, representations of class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality across media as well as fan and popular culture. Haggins’ book, Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America, examines the place of Black comedy as comedic social discourse in American popular consciousness (Rutgers UP, 2007). Her current research includes a study on quality television and moral ambiguity and Jackass and new [idealized] constructions of masculinity (with Emily Chivers Yochim).
Judith Halberstam is Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC. Halberstam writes extensively on queer subcultures, masculinity, and popular culture. She is the author of Female Masculinity, In A Queer Time and Space, The Drag King Book and The Technology of Monsters and she recently edited a special issue of Social Text titled “Queer Studies Now” with Jose Esteban Munoz and David End. Halberstam is currently working on a book about alternative political cultures.
Rhonda Hammer is a Research Scholar with UCLA Center for the Study of Women and lecturer at UCLA in Women’s Studies, Communications, and Education. She is co-author of Rethinking Media Literacy and author of Anti-Feminism and Family Terrorism: A Critical Feminist Perspective, which was published in 2002 by Rowman and Littlefield, as well as many articles in feminism and cultural studies.
Mary Beth Haralovich
Mary Beth Haralovich teaches television and film history and is Director of Internships in Media Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Among her publications on television drama are studies of the popular appeal of Magnum, p.i. and the geo-politics of civil rights in I Spy. Her essay on the 1950s suburban housewife in the domestic family situation comedy has been reprinted several times. In film studies, she is the author of several articles on film posters and on genre (the 1930s proletarian women’s film; Sherlock Holmes films; color in 1950s melodrama). Co-editor of Television, History, and American Culture: Feminist Critical Essays (Duke University Press, 1999), she is a founder of the International Conference on Television, Video, New Media, Audio and Feminism: Console-ing Passions.
John Hartley is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He was foundation dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, and founding head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, Wales. He is the author of numerous books, including Creative Industries (Blackwell 2005), A Short History of Cultural Studies (Sage 2003), The Indigenous Public Sphere (with Alan McKee, Oxford 2000), Uses of Television (Routledge 1999) and Popular Reality: Journalism, Modernity, Popular Culture (Arnold 1996). He is Editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Timothy Havens is assistant professor of communication studies and African American studies at the University of Iowa. His research considers the ways in which the global television industry shapes and is shaped by transnational cultural forces, particularly race. His research has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his book Global Television Sales was recently published by the British Film Institute. He is currently working on a book about the international circulation of African American television programming.
Joan Hawkins, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde, a book that uses the links between horror cinema and art-film production and consumption to explore larger issues of taste politics. She has written on horror, Downtown Screen Cultures (film, tv and video) and post 9/11 art-politics; she is currently working on a book on experimental screen culture of the 1980s and 1990s.
Heather Hendershot is associate professor of media studies at Queens College, CUNY. She is the author of Saturday Morning Censors: TV Regulation before the V-Chip and Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. She is also the editor of Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics and Economics of America’s Only TV Channel for Kids.
David Hesmondhalgh is Professor of Media Industries at the Institute of Communications Studies and Co-Director (with Justin O’Connor) of CuMIRC, the Cultural and Media Industries Research Centre, at the University of Leeds. His publications include The Cultural Industries (2nd edition, 2007), and five edited volumes: The Media and Social Theory (with Jason Toynbee, 2008), Media Production (2006), Understanding Media: Inside Celebrity (with Jessica Evans, 2005), Popular Music Studies (with Keith Negus, 2002) and Western Music and its Others (with Georgina Born, 2000). He is currently completing a two-year project investigating Creative Work in the Cultural Industries, with Dr Sarah Baker, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Michele Hilmes is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author or editor of several books on broadcasting history, including Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952 (1997); Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States (2001); The Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio (2001, ed. with Jason Loviglio), and The Television History Book (2003, ed. with Jason Jacobs). She is currently at work on a history of the mutual influence and opposition between US and British broadcasters during radio and television’s formative years.
Jennifer Holt is an Assistant Professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in American film and television history, media industry studies and political economy. Her current research maps the effects of deregulation and policy on the industrial structure and entertainment products of today’s global media conglomerates. She has published articles in various journals and anthologies including Film Quarterly, Quality Popular Television (BFI) and Media Ownership: Research and Regulation (Hampton Press), and is presently co-editing Media Industries: History, Theory and Methods (Blackwell).
Ingrid M. Hoofd
Ingrid M. Hoofd is an Assistant Professor in the Communications and New Media Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests are Serious Gaming, Issues of Representation, Feminist and Critical Theories, Philosophy of Technology, and Information Ethics. Her dissertation Between Activism and Academia: The Complicities of Alter-Globalist Resistances in Speed discusses the ways in which alter-globalist activists, as well as left-wing academics, mobilize discourses and divisions in an attempt to overcome gendered, raced and classed oppressions worldwide. She has been involved in various feminist and new media activist projects, like Indymedia, Next Five Minutes, HelpB92, and NextGenderation.
Adel Iskandar is a scholar of international communication with a specific interest in Middle Eastern media. The author, co-author and editor of several works including Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Westview, 2003) and Islam dot com: Cyberspace and Contemporary Islamic Discourses (forthcoming 2008, Palgrave Macmillan), Iskandar was a visiting lecturer at the departments of Radio-TV-Film (RTF) and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas-Austin and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), Georgetown University.
Craig Jacobsen is Residential Faculty at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, where he teaches literature, film and composition. His current research interests run to the intersection of fantastic narrative genres (science fiction, horror and fantasy) with the quotidian world in an age of increasingly ubiquitous digital media.
Henry Jenkins is the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the author/editor of 12 books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture and Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. His next book Convergence Culture(forthcoming, New York University Press), explores how the intersection between broadcast and participatory media is changing the ways popular culture operates.
Shelley Jenkins is a writer and producer and former news anchor and stand-up comedian. She is one of the founding faculty members of the Department of Radio-TV-Film at California State University, Fullerton where she has been a full-time lecturer since 2000. She currently teaches writing and production courses as well as two history and critical studies courses co-sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Jeffrey P. Jones, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Civic Culture, a book that examines humorous political talk shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and co-editor of the forthcoming The Essential HBO Reader. He has written extensively on media and politics, as well as television talk show programming.
Anna Jonsson is an MSI Student in the University of Michigan School of Information. She plans to continue further study with an MA/PhD in Media Studies.
John W. Jordan
John W. Jordan is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His scholarship on media has covered film, television, and the Internet from rhetorical and cultural studies perspectives.
Lynne Joyrich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. A member of the Camera Obscura editorial collective, she is the author of Re-viewing Reception: Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1996) and of a number of articles and book chapters on film, television, feminist, queer, and cultural studies in various anthologies and journals (including Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Critical Inquiry, differences, Discourse, FlowTV, and The Journal of Visual Culture).
Michael Kackman’s primary teaching and research interests include the history of US broadcasting, American national culture and identity, the relationship of film and television to US foreign policy, and popular history and memory practices. He is the author of Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage, and Cold War Culture, published by the University of Minnesota Press, a cultural and industrial history of US television espionage programs of the 1950s and 1960s. His work has also been published in Cinema Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, and the Encyclopedia of Television. He is currently researching the development of international syndication practices for the children’s Western Hopalong Cassidy in the 1950s, and is co-writing a book on television historiography. Michael is also the faculty supervisor for FlowTV.
Mary Celeste Kearney
Mary Celeste Kearney is Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006), her research to date has focused on girls’ media production, female youth cultures, and representations of girlhood in U.S. film and television. Mary is founding director of Cinemakids, a program for inspiring young media producers.
Douglas Kellner teaches at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Lisa W. Kelly
Lisa W. Kelly has recently taken up a research post in the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. Having previously lectured within the University’s Film and Television department, she will work on the two-year project ‘Public Understanding of Business: Television, Representation and Entrepreneurship,’ which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her essay ‘Challenging Sitcom Conventions: From The Larry Sanders Show to The Comeback’ appears in the edited collection ‘It’s Not TV’: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era by Marc Leverette et al. (Routledge). It draws on work carried out for her doctoral thesis on American sitcoms in the post-network era and is published under the name Lisa Williamson.
L.S. Kim is an assistant professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on racial discourse, postfeminism, and intertextuality. Her current book, Maid in Color: The Figure of the Racialized Domestic in American Television, examines the intersection of race and class relations embodied in a long history of television maids as integral (rather than marginal) to the idealized American family. She is also developing writing on “New Orientalism” (theory and criticism about cross-cultural media forms, for example, the action genre, and anime).
Shanti Kumar is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, a masters degree in Media Studies from Texas Christian University, and a PhD in Mass Communications from Indiana University-Bloomington. He is the author of Gandhi Meets Primetime (University of Illinois Press, 2005, forthcoming) and the co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (New York University Press, 2003). He has also published book chapters in several edited anthologies and articles in journals such as Television and New Media, Jump Cut, Journal of South Asian Popular Culture and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video. His research and teaching interests include television and cultural studies, global media studies, Indian cinema, and postcolonial theory and criticism.
David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University and the author of over a hundred published essays and reviews and author/co-author//editor/co-editor of eleven books, including The Lost World (SourceBooks) and Reading Deadwood: TV to Swear By and Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (both from Tauris). He co-edits the e-journal Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and is one of the founding editors of the new journal Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies of Small Screen Fictions. In the fall of 2006 he will become Chair in Film and Television at Brunel University in London.
Peter Lehman is the Director of the Center for Film Media and Popular Culture at Arizona State University, Tempe. He is author of Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body, New Edition and Roy Orbison: The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity and coauthor of Thinking about Movies: Watching Questioning, Enjoying, Third Edition; Blake Edwards; Returning to the Scene, Blake Edwards, Vol. 2.; and Authorship and Narrative in the Cinema. He is editor of Pornography: Film and Culture, Defining Cinema, and Close Viewings: An Anthology of New Film Criticism and coeditor of The Searchers: Essays and Reflections on John Ford’s Classic Western. He is a former president of the Society for Film and Media Studies.
Dan Leopard has a PhD from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked as an independent filmmaker and has taught teens to produce TV in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently teaches on Trash Cinema and Youth Culture at the USC School of Cinema-Television and is completing a book on transformations of educational practice and school culture in response to screen technologies and entertainment media.
Julia Lesage is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and a co-founder and editor of Jump Cut, available online at ejumpcut.org
Elana Levine is Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her book, Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television, will be published by Duke University Press in January 2007. She has published articles on the soap opera production process (Critical Studies in Media Communication, and included in television studies anthologies), U.S. Spanish-language television (Studies in Latin American Popular Culture), media conglomeration and a fantasy wedding reality show (Television and New Media), and feminine hygiene advertising in 1970s TV (The Velvet Light Trap).
Amanda D. Lotz is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She has published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Communication Theory, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Television & New Media, Screen, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Women and Language. Her first book, Redesigning Women: Television After the Network Era explores the rise of female-centered dramas and cable networks targeted toward women in the late 1990s as they relate to changes in the U.S. television industry. She is currently working on a book that explores the effects of the institutional redefinition of the U.S. television industry since the 1980s on the medium’s role as a cultural institution.
Moya Luckett is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. With Hilary Radner, she is co-editor of Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999). She has published articles on femininity, television, and early cinema in such journals as Screen, The Velvet Light Trap and Aura and has chapters in several anthologies. She recently completed a manuscript titled Cinema and Community: Progressivism, Spectatorship and Identity in Chicago, 1907-1917 and is currently working on a book on femininity in popular film and television.
Karen Lury is a Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is the author of two academic books on television : British Youth Television: Cycnicism and Enchantment (Oxford University Press) and Interpreting Television (Hodder Arnold). She is currently writing a book on the figure of the child in film, and will be soon developing a textbook on Children and Screen Media for Palgrave. Her interests are in television, children and childhood, animation, television aesthetics, sound and music.
Daniel Marcus teaches media studies at Goucher College. He is the author of Happy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and editor of ROAR! The Paper Tiger Television Guide to Media Activism (1991).
Janet McCabe is Research Associate (TV Drama) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is author of Feminist Film Studies: Writing the Woman into Cinema (Wallflower, 2004), and is co-editor of Reading Sex and the City (IB Tauris, 2004), Reading Six Feet Under: TV To Die For (IB Tauris, 2005), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (IB Tauris, 2006), Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence (IB Tauris, 2006) and Quality TV: Contemporary American TV and Beyond (IB Tauris, 2007). She is a co-founding editor as well as the managing editor of the television journal Critical Studies in Television (MUP). Along with Akass, she is series editor of Reading Contemporary Television for IB Tauris. Her research interests include policing femininities and cultural memory on television.
Anna McCarthy is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. She is author of Ambient Television (Duke UP, 2001) and coeditor, with Nick Couldry, of the anthology MediaSpace (Routledge, 2004). Her essays on television and other media have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including October, The Journal of Visual Culture, The International Journal of Cultural Studies, and GLQ. She is currently working on a study of television, politics, and culture during the Cold War.
Tom McCourt is an assistant professor of media studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio (1999) and, with Patrick Burkart, the upcoming Digital Music Wars: Constructing the Celestial Jukebox.
Allison McCracken is Assistant Professor of American Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She has published articles on a variety of subjects, including early television, 1940s suspense radio, 1940s and popular song in radio and film. She’s particularly interested in gender politics and representation, reception studies, World War II as “nostalgia” and current American electoral politics. Her book, REAL MEN DON’T SING: CROONING AND AMERICAN CULTURE, 1928-1933, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.
Jim McGuigan is Professor of Cultural Analysis, Loughborough University, UK. He was formerly Script Editor, BBC TV Drama (Plays); and Researcher at the Arts Council of Great Britain. His books include: Cultural Populism (1992), Culture and the Public Sphere (1996), Modernity and Postmodern Culture (1999) and Rethinking Cultural Policy (2004).
Alan McKee is the author of six books: The Porn Book (with Kath Albury and Catharine Lumby, Melbourne University Press, 2008); Beautiful Things in Popular Culture (ed) (Blackwell, 2007); The Public Sphere (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Textual Analysis (Sage, 2002); Australian Television (Oxford University Press, 2001); and The Indigenous Public Sphere (with John Hartley, Oxford University Press, 2000).
Eileen Meehan teaches at Louisiana State University.
Jason Mittell is an Assistant Professor of American Civilization and Film & Media Culture at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture (Routledge, 2004), and is currently working on a book about narrative complexity in contemporary American television.
Megan Mullen is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she also directs the interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Her research interests include cable television history and media synergy. Her book, The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution (University of Texas), was published in 2003.
Alex Munt is an Associate Lecturer in the Media Department at Macquarie University, Sydney. His research focus is on Digital Cinema: transitions in film practice/aesthetics and new screenwriting models in the digital age.
Diane Negra is Senior Lecturer in the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom (Routledge, 2001), co-editor (with Jennifer Bean) of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Duke, 2002), editor of The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity and Popular Culture (forthcoming, Duke, 2006) and co-editor (with Yvonne Tasker) of Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (forthcoming, Duke, 2006). She is currently at work on Perils and Pleasures: Postfeminism and Contemporary Popular Culture. For autumn, 2005 she is Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University.
Horace Newcomb is Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards Program and Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabody Awards in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
Michael Z. Newman
Michael Z. Newman is an Assistant Professor of media studies in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned a PhD in film studies from the Communication Arts Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. His writing on cinema, television, and the internet has appeared or is forthcoming in The Velvet Light Trap, Film Studies: An International Review, Film Criticism, First Monday, In Media Res, and Cinema Journal. His interests include audiovisual narrative form, comparative media poetics, media history, and the cultural politics of taste. He is working on a book about American Independent Cinema to be published by Columbia University Press, and blogs at Zigzigger: On the Audiovisual and Beyond.
Tasha Oren is Associate Professor of English and Media Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. She is the author of Demon in the Box: Jews, Arabs, Politics and Culture in the Making of Israeli Television (Rutgers University Press 2004) and co-editor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (New York University Press, 2005) Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and the forthcoming Global Television Formats (Routledge Press).
Brian L. Ott is an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Speech Communication at Colorado State University. He collects toys related to the Fox series ‘The Simpsons’ and generally spends far too much time watching TV.
Laurie Ouellette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the author of Viewers Like You: How Public TV Failed the People and the co-editor (with Susan Murray) of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture.
Gareth Palmer is the Associate Head of School of Media, Music and Performance, University of Salford. He has recently been writing and publishing on the development of new forms of television with a particular emphasis on Lifestyle formats. In April of 2007 he organised the First International Conference on Lifestyle Television at Salford.
Dr. Jane Chi Hyun Park is a lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney with affiliation in Asian Studies and the US Studies Centre. She earned her Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas at Austin and M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and previously taught at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on representations of race and ethnicity, particularly of Asiatic peoples and cultures in film and popular media, including television, popular music, and video games. She has published articles in Global Media Journal and World Literature Today and book chapters in East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture edited by Shilpa Davé, LeiLani Nishime, and Tasha Oren (NYU Press, 2004) and Mixed Race in Film and Television edited by Mary Beltrán and Camilla Fojas (NYU Press, 2008). She is completing her first book, Yellow Future: Oriental Style in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (University of Minnesota Press), which examines the ideological role of Asiatic imagery in US films from the 1980s to the present.
Lisa Parks is Chair and Associate Professor of the Film and Media Studies Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke, 2005) and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU, 2003) and Undead TV: Critical Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Duke, 2007) and is currently finishing two new books, Coverage: Media Spaces and Security After 911 (Routledge, forthcoming) and Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies. She is also co-editing Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures (Rutgers, forthcoming) with James Schwoch.
Priscilla Peña Ovalle
Priscilla Peña Ovalle joined the English Department at the University of Oregon in 2006 after receiving her PhD from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Her primary research centers on the relationship between dance, race and sexuality in Hollywood film. Other research interests include the representation of Latina sexuality in health and public service announcements as well as the intersection of gender, race and sexuality in multimedia. Ovalle’s work on new media and racial representation can be found in the collections Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition (Duke University Press, 2004) and The Persistence of Whiteness (Routledge, 2008).
Alisa Perren is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. Her research specializations include television studies, media industry studies, and U.S. film and television history. She is completing a manuscript tracing the evolution of Miramax during the 1990s as it transitioned from independent company to studio subsidiary. She is also co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory and Methods (forthcoming, Blackwell). She has published articles on the development of niche markets in contemporary Hollywood as well as on the formation of US broadcast and cable networks in the 1990s.
Jonathan Nichols-Pethick is Director of Film Studies at DePauw University. His areas of interest include critical/cultural approaches to media studies, media institutions, genre and narrative theory, adaptation, and documentary film and television.
Dana Polan is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author of seven books in film and culture, including Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film (forthcoming, University of California Press) and The Sopranos (forthcoming, Duke University Press).
Christine Quail is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at McMaster University, Canada. She is the co-author, with Kathalene Razzano and Loubna Skalli, of Vulture Culture: The Politics and Pedagogy of Daytime Television Talk Shows (2005, Peter Lang Press), and is currently writing The Media Literacy Primer. Her research interests include political economy and cultural studies of television, music, and media literacy.
Yeidy M. Rivero
Yeidy M. Rivero is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is the author of Tuning Out Blackness: Race and Nation in the History of Puerto Rican Television (Duke University Press, 2005) and her work has appeared in Media, Culture, & Society, Feminist Media Studies, Television and New Media, Global Media and Communication, and Cinema Journal. She is current at work on a history of Cuban commercial television (1950-1960) paying particular attention to issues of modernity, nationhood, identity, and transnational media flows. She teaches courses in television studies, race and ethnic representations in media, global media, and Latin American, Latino/a, and African diaspora studies.
Martin Roberts considers himself to be primarily a cultural studies scholar, with a special interest in the cultural dimensions of globalization and the relation of transnational media to these processes. His work explores questions such as the role of media in the production of national identities; transnational cultural imaginaries; and the transformation of television from a public-service medium into an instrument for the governance of consumer society.
Sharon Marie Ross is associate chair of the Television Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches critical studies and history courses in TV. She is the author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet and co-editor of Teen Television.
Chris Russill is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His work uses pragmatist perspectives to argue for a more substantive engagement with environmental problems in media and cultural studies. He is currently writing on The Weather Channel and commercial media provision of information, images, and disaster warning services related to weather forecasting and climate change. His earlier work studied the engagement of climate scientists with mainstream media.
Robert L. Schrag has taught university level media classes for thirty years, the last 25 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. His background in theatre, media production and communication theory combine to fuel his current interest in digital technology. His current courses; “Communication and Technology,” and “Media Ownership” grow out of his concerns regarding the nature of the interface between mega-commerce and meaningful expression in the digital environment. He is the current editor of The American Communication Journal.
Jeffrey Sconce is an Associate Professor in the Screen Cultures Program at Northwestern University and the author of Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television.
Anna Beatrice Scott
Anna Beatrice Scott is assistant professor in the Department of Dance at University of California, Riverside. She specializes in the study, analysis, and performance of dance practices in the African Diaspora, with an emphasis on the performance of epidermal realities as they intersect transnational entertainment industries and local spiritual/philosophical practices. Recent publications include: “Superpower vs Supernatural: Black Superheroes and the Quest for a Mutant Reality,” journal of visual culture 2006 5: 295-314, and “Flip Flop,” an essay on the object of Carnival in Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular. Her current performance project, BORRACHA:BOUNCE, based in part on “Flip Flop,” has been presented at University of Indiana, in excerpt at Williams College and the Anatomy Riot in Los Angeles. Other collected works can be found, in part, at The Negress Determinata.
Ellen Seiter teachers courses on media history, theory and criticism, new media and television, and cultural studies in the Critical Studies Divison She is the author of Television and New Media Audiences (Oxford, 1999), Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture (Rutgers, 1993) and Remote Control; Television, Audiences and Cultural Power (Routledge, 1989). Her new book, The Internet Playground: Children’s Access, Entertainment and Mis-Education (Peter Lang, 2005), is based on work that won her the Community Service Award from the San Diego Unified School District. In 2006, she produced a documentary entitled: Projecting Culture: Perceptions of Arab and American Film and is currently working on a research project about US and Arab youth?s interpretations of Egyptian and Hollywood films.
John Sinclair is a Professor in the School of Communication, Culture and Languages at Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He has been researching the globalization of media for over twenty years, with special reference to the internationalization of the advertising and commercial television industries, and particularly in developing regions such as Latin America and India. His books include Images Incorporated: Advertising as Industry and Ideology, Latin American Television: A Global View, and the co-edited works New Patterns in Global Television: Peripheral Vision; Floating Lives: The Media and Asian Diasporas; and Contemporary World Television. He has held visiting professorships at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Universidad Aut–noma de Barcelona.
Thomas Streeter studies media institutions, laws, and policies at the University of Vermont. His Selling the Air (Univ. of Chicago, 1996) won the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research. Other publications include “The Moment of Wired,” (Critical Inquiry, forthcoming); “The Romantic Self and the Politics of Internet Commercialization,” Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, no. 5) and “The ‘New Historicism’ in Media Studies,” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 40, 1996. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California, and has been a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
Dr. Strover, Professor in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas, teaches communications and telecommunications courses, directs the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, and chairs the Department of Radio-TV-Film Department. Some of her current research projects examine statewide networks and advanced broadband services, the digital divide, telecommunications infrastructure deployment and economic development in rural regions, and market structure and policy issues for international audio-visual industries.
Mitchell Szczepanczyk (www.szcz.org) is a software developer who also works as an organizer with Chicago Media Action, a contributor to Chicago’s Indymedia’s monthly TV series, and the host of a weekly public-affairs radio show on WHPK, the radio station of the University of Chicago. He’s interested in the political economy of American mass media, political activism involving media policy, and in game shows past and present.
Shayla Thiel-Stern is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Thiel-Stern earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa in 2004. Her research investigates the intersections of gender, identity and new media with a particular focus on teen and tween girls, and her book, Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging, was published by Peter Lang in 2007. Previously, she served as editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry.
Ethan Thompson is Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M -Corpus Christi. He is co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era, forthcoming from NYU Press.
Serra Tinic is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on critical television studies and media globalization She is the author of On Location: Canada’s Television Industry in a Global Market (University of Toronto Press, 2005). She has published in a range of scholarly anthologies and journals including Television & New Media, Journal of Communication, Social Epistemology, and The Velvet Light Trap. She is currently working on a book project, Trading in Culture: The Global Cultural Economy of Television Drama.
Chuck Tryon is an assistant professor of film and media studies at Fayetteville State University. He has published in Film Criticism, Rhizomes.net, Pedagogy, and Post-Identity. He has a forthcoming essay in the book collection, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader, and he is currently working on a book on networked film publics.
Jennifer Warren is an independent scholar based in the Bay area. She received her BA from the University of Texas Austin, where she wrote her thesis on “Technology and Apocalypse in Late Twentieth Century Cinema Dystopias”. She has worked professionally in web publishing, music production, and finance. She has also taught classes on Debt and Equity Real Estate Investments, Mortgage Financing, online marketing, e-commerce, and qi gong. Her research interests include mind-body awareness, qi gong, Feldenkrais, mythology, ritual, media as a culture creating and conditioning vehicle, and the mystery of money. Currently, she is working on executive producing a multi-media performance group, Rabbit’s Rum, raising capital for real estate investments, and developing her consulting practice, Willow Media.
Janet Wasko is the Knight Chair for Communication Research at the University of Oregon (USA). She is the author of How Hollywood Works (Sage, 2003), Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy (Polity Press/Blackwell, 2001), and Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen (Polity Press, 1994), editor of A Companion to Television (Blackwell, 2005) and Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project (Leicester University Press/Continuum, 2001), as well as other volumes on the political economy of communication and democratic media.
Frederick Wasser’s book Veni, Vidi, Video: The Hollywood Empire and the VCR was published in 2001 by University of Texas Press and won the 2003 Marshall McLuhan award. Before becoming a professor, he worked for many years in New York and Hollywood post-production on shows ranging from the pilot for Law and Order to movies such as Missing in Action and Nightmare on Elm Street Part IV. He also translated and published a Norwegian drama entitled The Bird Lovers, written by Jens Bjoerneboe. Wasser received a Ph.D. from the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Journalism at Columbia University. He has published articles in Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Communication, Cinema Journal and others. He is currently teaching in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College-CUNY.
Mimi White is a Professor in Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University and is currently (2004-5) the Bicentennial Fulbright Professor in North American Studies at the Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki. She is the author of TELE-ADVISING: THERAPEUTIC DISCOURSE IN AMERICAN TELEVISION co-author of MEDIA KNOWLEDGE: POPULAR CULTURE, PEDAGOGY, AND CRITICAL CITIZENSHIP, and has published widely on television and film, including articles in Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal, and Film and History.
Lisa Williamson is a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are Television genre, particularly the sitcom, and television aesthetics. Media institutions and representations of race and gender in film and television. Her forthcoming publications include ‘Challenging Sitcom Conventions: From The Larry Sanders Show to The Comeback’. In Marc Leverette, Brian L. Ott, and Cara Louise Buckley (eds.) It’s Not TV: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era. Routledge.
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