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Eleanor Patterson

Eleanor Patterson

Associate Professor

Media Studies

Communication & Journalism

Eleanor Patterson

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107 Tichenor Hall

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Tuesday 1-4 pm

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PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison

MA, University Of Maine

BA, California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Interests

broadcast history, media and cultural studies, audience and fan studies, media industries and labor, gender and sexuality


  • 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.

Courses Taught

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