Satire tv: politics and comedy in the post-network era (NYU PRess)
Co-edited with Dr. Jonathan Gray (University of Wisconsin - Madison) and Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones (Executive Director, Peabody Awards), Satire TV offers insights into what today’s satire tells us about the current state of politics, of television, and of citizenship, all the while suggesting what satire adds to the political realm that news and documentaries cannot.
how to watch television (NYU Press)
Co-edited with Jason Mittell (Middlebury College), How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today's leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care the most about. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis--suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. Addressing television series from the medium's earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. Second edition with 22 new essays coming spring 2020!
Parody and taste in postwar american television culture (routledge)
This single-authored work explores the complicated relationships between Americans and television during the 1950s, as seen and effected through popular humor, documenting how Americans grew accustomed to understanding politics, current events, and popular culture through comedy that is simultaneously critical, commercial, and funny. Taken together, these case studies don’t just analyze and theorize the production and consumption of parody and television, but force us to revisit and revise our notions of postwar "consensus" culture as well.