Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status, co-written with Michael Z. Newman, explores the increasing cultural legitimation of television in recent years, particularly within the context of media convergence and the blurring of lines between television and other media.  We take a critical perspective on this phenomenon, examining the ways that these discourses of legitimation ultimately work to reassert long-standing cultural hierarchies, particularly those of gender and class. 

Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television was published by Duke University Press in 2007.  The book is an historical analysis of the unprecedented appearance of sexual material in U.S. television of the 1970s.  I analyze a wide range of television programming--sitcoms, game shows, made-for-TV movies, action-adventure shows, commercials, and daytime soap operas-- in the contexts of the women's liberation movement, the gay rights movement, and the sexual revolution.  I analyze regulatory debates between the television industry and the U.S. government, negotiations over content within the television industry, audience responses to television, and the programs themselves.

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I am also the co-editor, with Lisa Parks, of Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, published by Duke University Press in 2007.  This collection brings together a range of  media scholars who analyze this influential series as a product of the contemporary television industries and in terms of its unique politics of representation.

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