Jon Kraszewski is program coordinator for the Visual and Sound Media major. He is author of two books, Reality TV (Routledge, 2017) and The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), as well as numerous articles on television and film. He is particularly interested in media as cultural geography, media and the politics of space, media history, media and identity politics, television studies, and production cultures. He recently started two new research projects-one on the cultural politics of class, race, and gender in the way that pit bull owners are imagined and the other on the way that architectures of play on television game shows engage economic assumptions of selfhood in American culture. Jon teaches media studies courses and enjoys watching his students develop a sense of social justice as they critically engage media.
- Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004
- M.A., Georgetown University, 1998
- B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
- Reality TV . New York: Routledge, 2017.
- The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers . Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2010.
- "The 1980s Action Film and the Politics of Urban Expulsions." A Companion to Action Cinema. Ed. James Kendrick. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell (Forthcoming).
- "Televising Superstorm Sandy: New Configurations of Poverty and Neoliberalism in Extreme Weather Coverage." Extreme Weather and Global Media. Eds. Diane Negra and Julia Leyda. New York: Routledge, 2015.
- "Branding, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Race on VH1's Flavor of Love." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 31.3 (2014).
- "Hybridity, History, and the Identity of the Television Studies Teacher." Cinema Journal 50.4 (2011).
- "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 (2010).
- "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Twilight: Rod Serling's Challenge to 1960s' Television Production." New Review of Film and Television Studies 6.3 (2008).
- "Authorship and Adaptation: The Public Personas of Television Anthology Writers." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 25.4 (2008). Lead Essay.
- "Pittsburgh in Fort Worth: Football Bars, Sports Television, Sports Fandom, and the Management of Home." Journal of Sport and Social Issues 32.2 (May 2008).
- "Adapting Scripts in the 1950s: The Economic and Political Incentives for Television Anthology Writers." Journal of Film and Video 58.3 (Fall 2006). Lead Essay.
- "Country Hicks and Urban Cliques: Mediating Race, Reality, and Liberalism on MTV's The Real World." Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. Eds. Susan Murray & Laurie Ouellette. New York: New York University Press, 2004. Reprinted in Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. 2 nd Edition. Eds. Susan Murray & Laurie Ouellette. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
- "Recontextualizing the Historical Reception of Blaxploitation: Articulations of Black Nationalism, Class, and Anxiety in the Genre's Advertisements." Velvet Light Trap 50 (Fall 2002).