I investigate television and other media through the lenses of production studies and identity studies.
I teach media studies courses at Seton Hall. My research and teaching interests include reality TV, a cultural geography of media, media history, TV genres, media authorship, classic TV, and the mediated construction of identities. My first book, The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), examines a group of American television writers in the 1950s and 1960s who managed their creative visions and political commitments by adapting their scripts for the motion picture, book publishing, and Broadway industries. Right now I’m working on a book titled Reality TV for Routledge. It looks at how reality TV offers a cultural geography of late capitalism.
- Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004
- M.A., Georgetown University, 1998
- B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
- Reality TV
- Branding, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Race on VH1's Flavor of Love
Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 33.1 (2016), Routledge/Taylor and Francis,
- Hybridity, History, and the Identity of the Television Studies Teacher
Cinema Journal, 50(4), 166-172, University of Texas Press,
- The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press,
- Multiracialism on The Real World and the Reconfiguration of Politics in MTV’s Brand During the 2000s
Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 8(2), 132-146,
- Pittsburgh in Forth Worth: Football Bars, Sports Television, Sports Fandom, and the Management of Home
Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 32(2), 139-157,