Associate Professor and Director of American Studies
PhD, Indiana University
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- American Studies
- Cultural Studies
- TV and Media Studies
- Popular Culture
- Contemporary American Literature and Culture
Recent Upper Division and Graduate Courses Taught
- Graduate Seminar in TV and New Media: TV History and HIstoriography
- Graduate Seminar in TV and New Media: TV Studies
- Graduate Seminar in Screen Studies: Convergence and Control
- Graduate Seminar in Film and Society: TV Studies
- Graduate Seminar in Screen Studies: Examining the Screen
- Theories and Methods of American Studies
- Senior Seminar in American Studies
- Post-9/11 US Culture
- Television and American Society
- Television and Gender
- American Popular Culture
- Film and American Society
- Race, Gender & Ethnicity in American Film
- The Hollywood Genre Film: Science Fiction
- Globalization and American Culture
- Food and Culture
- Popular Fiction: Detective Fiction; The Bestseller; Science Fiction
- Culture in the Making (a dh course)
American Militarism on the Small Screen, co-editor with Anna Froula. New York: Routledge, 2016
Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions. New York: Routledge, 2014.
Terrorism TV: Popular Entertainment in Post-9/11 America. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas (CultureAmerica series), 2012.
"Radio, TV & the Military." In A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting. Ed. Aniko Bodroghkozy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., forthcoming 2017.
“Exceptional Soldiers: Imagining the Privatized Military on US TV.” In Imperial Benevolence: US Foreign Policy in American Popular Culture Since 9/11. Eds. Scott Laderman and Tim Gruenewald. Forthcoming 2017
"Terror TV: The Shape of Our Fears?" Cinema Journal. Special Section: Popular Culture 15 Years After 9/11, Ed. Anna Froula. 56.1 (Fall 2016).
"The US Military as Cold War Programmer."Journal of Popular Culture. Special Issue: The State as Cultural Producer. Forthcoming 50.4 (August 2017).
"Introduction: Living Room Wars." (w/ Anna Froula). American Militarism on the Small Screen. Eds. Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula. (NY: Routledge, 2016).
"JAG, Melodrama and Militarism." In American Militarism on the Small Screen. Eds. Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula. (NY: Routledge, 2016).
"Entertaining Uncertainty: The Role of the 9/11 Shout-Out on US TV." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 31.2 (Jan. 2014): 161-179.
"Real War News. Real War Games: The Hekmati Case & the Problems of Soft Power." American Quarterly. Special Section: The War on Terror and Visual Culture. 65.1 (March 2013): 177-184.
"Entertainment Formats and the Memory of 9/11." Critical Studies in Television. 7.1 (Spring 2012): 85-88.
"Burning Bush: Sitcom Representations of the Bush Presidency."Journal of Popular Culture. 44.2 (April 2011): 417-435.
"The Contemporary Politics of the Western Form: Bush, Saving Jessica Lynch, and Deadwood." Reframing 9/11: Popular Culture and the War On Terror. Continuum Press, 2010. 153-166.
"The Body of War and the Management of Imperial Anxiety on US TV." International Journal Of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. Special Issue: The Iraq War in Film and Media. 3.1 (2009): 85-105.
"Monsters, Monsters Everywhere: Spooky TV and the Politics of Fear in Post-9/11 America." Science Fiction Studies. 36.1 (March 2009): 1-20.
"Jessica Lynch and the Regeneration of American Power and Identity Post-9/11." Feminist Media Studies 5.3 (Nov. 2005): 297-310.
--Reprinted in Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History. Eds. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. University Press of Kentucky, Nov. 2008. 488-510.
"Speculations on a New Economy: La Femme Nikita, the Series." Cultural Critique 61 (Fall 2005): 148-185.
Recent Grants or Research Trips
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant 2015
- OSU English Dept. Travel Grant 2008
- OSU English Dept. Junior Faculty Research Release 2007
- College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award 2006
- OSU English Dept. Travel Grant 2005
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant 2005
- Dean’s Incentive Grant 2003
- Dean’s Incentive Grant 2004
Recent Conference Presentations
"Mercenaries in US Popular Culture." Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy in American Popular Culture Since 9/11 Conference. University of Hong Kong, May 21-22, 2016.
Roundtable: "Popular Culture 15 Years after 9/11." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 30-April 4, 2016.
Invited Lecture: "Television and the Normalization of the Military Enterprise."Michigan Technological University, October 5, 2015.
Roundtable: "Using Media to Teach Post-9/11 Culture." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Montreal. March 25-29, 2015.
Invited Lecture: "War as a Way of Seeing Appalachia." University of Kentucky, January 27, 2015.
"Embrace the Suck! Trauma on the Really Small Screen." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Seattle, WA. March 19-23, 2014.
Roundtable: "Teaching Introductory Popular Culture Courses." Popular Culture Association Conference. Washington, DC. March 27-30, 2013.
"Real War News. Real War Games: The Hekmati Case and the Problems of Soft Power." American Studies Association Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nov. 15-18, 2012.
"War, Masculinity and Generation Kill." Console-ing Passions: TV, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism Conference.Eugene, OR. April 22-24, 2010.
"Professional Men at War: Over There, Generation Kill and the Policing of Empire." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March 17-21, 2010.
Current Research & Projects
I am interested in the relationship between US television and US imperial politics in the contemporary era. I consider TV to be a key site within which an imaginary "America" is constructed for US citizens and others in the world. It was this idea of "America" that was attacked on 9/11 and this idea of "America" that was reinvigorated in the wake of the attacks, so it is this idea that must be interrogated if we are to understand and improve global relations for the 21st century. My first book, Terrorism TV, examined the role of entertainment television in the manufacture of consent for the so-called War on Terror. I recently completed an introductory popular culture textbook for Routledge (Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions) and an edited anthology on American militarism as represented on the small screen from 1950 to the present (American Militarism on the Small Screen, with Anna Froula). I am in the preliminary stages of research for a new project examining the American Forces Radio and Television Service, with an emphasis on television. This will be a cultural history of the service, its transmission networks, and its effects on U.S. service personnel, their families and civilian "interlopers" in places like Panama, Vietnam, Korea, and Italy. In addition to these works, I have published numerous articles on the televisual mediation of contemporary political and social issues (the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, immigration politics and the New Economy, to name a few) in both scholarly journals and edited volumes.