School of Communication & Journalism

Eleanor Patterson

Eleanor Patterson Assistant Professor of Media Studies
107 Tichenor Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3-5 p.m.


Eleanor Patterson is an Assistant Professor of  Media Studies in the School of Communication and Journalism.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • M.A., University Of Maine
  • B.A., California State University, Monterey Bay

Research and Teaching Interests

Eleanor researches broadcasting history, specifically, informal and formal economies of exchange and distribution. As a cultural studies scholar, her work also considers how broadcasting and the practices of cultural circulation are shaped by new media and technologies, socio-political context and ideologies. Eleanor’s research experience and training has prepared her to teach a wide range of courses related to critical media studies, broadcasting, cultural theory and qualitative research methods.

Representative Publications

“Must Tweet TV: ABC’s #TGIT and the Cultural Work of Programming Social Television,” Transformative Works & Cultures, 26,

“The Golden Girls Live: Residual Television Texts, Participatory Culture and Queering TV Heritage Through Drag,” Feminist Media Studies, 16(5), 838-851.

“Reconfiguring Radio Drama After Television: The Historical Significance of Theater 5, Earplay and CBS Radio Mystery Theater as Post-Network Radio Drama,” The Historical Journal Of Film, Radio And Television, 36(4), 649-667.

“This American Franchise: This American Life, Public Media Franchising and the Cultural Work Of Legitimating Economic Hybridity,” Media, Culture And Society, 38(3), 450 – 461.

“Podcasting And Its Apps: Software, Sound And The Interfaces Of Digital Audio.” The Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 22(2). Co-authored with Jeremy Morris.

“Fracturing Tina Fey: A Critical Analysis Of Postfeminist Television Comedy Stardom.” Communication Review, 15(3), 232-251.

Classes Taught

  • MDIA 4200 History of American Broadcasting
  • MDIA 4220 Women & Mass Media

Last Updated: August 17, 2022