Dr. Ethan Thompson is professor of media arts at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, where he teaches a variety of courses in film and television history, criticism, and production. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture (2010) and co-editor of How to Watch Television (2013) and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (2009). He also directed the documentary, TV Family (2015), about a forgotten forerunner to reality television, which is distributed by the Media Education Foundation and currently available on DVD and the streaming platform Kanopy. He is co-editor, with Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, of the Peabody Media History series from the University of Georgia Press.
His next book to be released is Television History, The Peabody Archive, and Cultural Memory, a co-edited collection from the University of Georgia Press featuring the work of a dozen top media scholars. He is also completing the second edition of How to Watch Television, co-edited with Jason Mittell, which will include more than 20 new essays. Both books should be released in late 2019.
His current film project is an archival documentary about the Texas artist and avant-garde film maker, Roy Fridge. He is also an avid printmaker, and teaches a collaborative course each summer on film history and print making.