Meehan, Eileen R. 1951-

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Meehan, Eileen R. 1951-

PERSONAL: Born August 3, 1951, in San Francisco, CA; daughter of James (a cemetery worker) and K. (a telephone operator) Meehan; married Alfred J. Babbitt, Jr. (self-employed), August 15, 1978. Ethnicity:“Irish-American.”Education: San Francisco State University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1973; University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1975; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1983.

ADDRESSES: HomeBaton Rouge, LA. Office—Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: University of Iowa, Iowa City, lecturer, 1982, assistant professor of communication studies, 1982-89; University of Arizona, Tucson, assistant professor, 1989-93, associate professor of media arts, 1993-2003, affiliate of Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, 1992-2003; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, holder of Garry Carruthers Endowed Visiting Chair, 2002-03; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, associate professor and holder of Lemuel Heidel Brown Endowed Chair in Media and Political Economy, 2003—. University of Wisconsin—Madison, visiting assistant professor, 1992.

AWARDS, HONORS: Dallas Smythe Award, Union for Democratic Communications, 1999.


(Editor, with Janet Wasko and Mark Phillips, and contributor) Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audiences Project, Continuum Publishing Group (New York, NY), 2001.

(Editor, with Ellen Riordan, and contributor) Sex and Money: Feminism and Political Economy in Media Studies, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2002.

Why TV Is Not Our Fault: Television Programming, Viewers, and Who’s Really in Control, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2006.

Contributor to books, including The Many Lives of Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media, edited by W. Uricchio and R.E. Pearson, Routledge, 1991;Ruthless Criticism: New Perspectives in U.S. Communication History, edited by W. Solomon and R. McChesney, University of Minnesota Press, 1993;The Postmodern Presence, edited by A.A. Berger, Alta Mira Press, 1998;Consuming Audiences? Production and Reception in Media Research, edited by Janet Wasko and I. Hagen, Hampton Press, 2000; and A Companion to Television, edited by Janet Wasco, Blackwell Publishers, 2005. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of Communication Inquiry, Media, Culture, and Society, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Camera Obscura, Television and New Media, Critical Studies in Media and Communication, Feminist Media Studies, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Journal of Media Economics, and Critical Studies in Mass Communication.