Main Campus: 311W Morrill Hall
Professor and Director of American Studies
PhD, Indiana University
- For information about majoring or minoring in American Studies: http://amst.okstate.edu/
- For information about the War and Media Studies Special Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies: http://www.warandmediastudies.org/
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 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
- Culture in the Making (a digital humanities course)
Select Publications [Full CV]
American Forces Television Network: a Cultural History -- Manuscript in progress.
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.
War on Screen series. Co-Editor with Tony Shaw. University Press of Kansas.
American Militarism on the Small Screen, Co-Editor with Anna Froula. Routledge (Advances in Television Studies series), 2016.
"Radio, TV & the Military." In A Companion to the History of American Broacasting. Ed. Aniko Bodroghkozy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., forthcoming 2018.
“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. University of California Press, Forthcoming 2018.
"Introduction: Living Room Wars." (w/ Anna Froula). American Militarism on the Small Screen. Eds. Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula. (NY: Routledge, 2016): 1-16.
"JAG, Melodrama and Militarism." In American Militarism on the Small Screen. Eds. Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula. (NY: Routledge, 2016): 211-227.
"The Contemporary Politics of the Western Form: Bush, Saving Jessica Lynch, and Deadwood." In Reframing 9/11: Popular Culture and the War On Terror. Eds. Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula, and Karen Randell. (NY: Continuum Press, 2010): 153-166.
Refereed Journal Articles
"The US Military as Cold War Programmer."Journal of Popular Culture. Special Issue: The State as Cultural Producer. 50.3 (June 2017): 540-560.
"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.
"Burning Bush: Sitcom Representations of the Bush Presidency."Journal of Popular Culture. 44.2 (April 2011): 417-435.
"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.
"Terror TV: The Shape of Our Fears?" Cinema Journal. In Focus: Media Studies 15 Years After 9/11, Ed. Anna Froula. 56.1 (Fall 2016): 124-131.
"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. Ed. Matthew Delmont. 65.1 (March 2013): 177-184.
"Entertainment Formats and the Memory of 9/11." Critical Studies in Television. Special Section: Remembering 9/11. Ed. Janet McCabe. 7.1 (Spring 2012): 85-88.
Recent Grants or Research Trips
- 2018 OSU, Humanities, Arts and Design Grant
- 2018 OSU Arts & Sciences Travel Award
- 2017 OSU Arts & Sciences Travel Award
- 2015 Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant
- 2008 OSU English Dept. Travel Grant
- 2007 OSU English Dept. Junior Faculty Research Release
- 2006 College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award
- 2005 OSU English Dept. Travel Grant
- 2005 Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant
- 2004 Dean’s Incentive Grant
- 2003 Dean’s Incentive Grant
Recent Conference Presentations
“Is This What You Mean By Global Village? Satellites, Public Diplomacy and AFN.” Post-War Faculty Colloquium, University of North Texas. Denton, TX, April 6, 2018.
“'We are Being Suppressed’: Battling Military Censorship at the Armed Forces Network .” American Studies Assoc. Conference. Chicago, IL. November 9-12, 2017.
“Delivering the Goodies: Armed Forces Television Network Constructs Its Audience.” Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism. East Carolina University. Greenville, NC. July 27-29, 2017.
“Window or Wall? Satellites and Globalization Revisited.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. March 22-March 26, 2017.
"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.
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 "American" imaginary 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 have also written an introductory popular culture textbook for Routledge (Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions) and edited an 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 currently conducting research for a new project examining the American Forces Radio and Television Service, with an emphasis on television. It 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, Germany, and Japan. 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.
Have you watched the American Forces TV Network while living overseas? If so, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please take this survey: https://goo.gl/rHhzav