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Peck, Janice Professor


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  • Dr. Peck conducts research and teaches in the areas of communication history, critical theory, television studies, class, race and gender in/and media, and political and cultural history. Peck is the author of 'The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era' (Routledge, 2008) and “The Gods of Televangelism: The Crisis of Meaning and the Appeal of Religious Television” (Hampton, 1993), co-editor of 'A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II' (Marquette UP, 2011), and co-editor of 'Handbook of Communication History (Routledge, 2012). She has published work on education reform and media, media theory, television and the family, cultural studies, critical theory, TV talk shows, mediated religion, celebrity philanthropy, and race in/and media. Her current research focuses on the role of media in the politics of public K-12 and higher education, and on the intellectual and institutional history of critical media studies.


  • television studies, history of communication and media, communication, media and social theory, US culture, media history and politics


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