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Aca-Media is a monthly podcast that presents an academic perspective on media. Hosts Christine Becker and Michael Kackman explore current scholarship, issues in the media industries, questions in pedagogy and professional development, and events in the world of media studies. Aca-Media is sponsored by The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS), the official journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and has been funded in part by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame and the Communication Department at Denison University. You can contact the show at info@aca-media.org, join our Facebook group, and follow us on Twitter at @aca_media.



Thanks to Tony Bleach for the added tude!

Thanks to Tony Bleach for the added tude!

Christine Becker (pictured here with Laura Mulvey) teaches film and television history and critical analysis in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and has completed a book detailing the involvement of Hollywood film stars on television during the 1950s entitled  It’s the Pictures That Got Small, which was published in 2009 by Wesleyan University Press and won the Michael Nelson Prize for Work in Media and History from the International Association for Media and History in 2011. She is currently working on a research project comparing contemporary British and American television. She also operates a TV news blog called News For TV Majors and can be found on Twitter at @crsbecker.


Yeah, yeah … you can stop explaining now … Michael gets it already.

Yeah, yeah … you can stop explaining now … Michael gets it already.

Michael Kackman is a media scholar and cultural historian who teaches in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.  He is the author of Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage, and Cold War Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and co-editor (with Marnie Binfield, Matt Payne, Allison Perlman, and Bryan Sebok) of Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence (Routledge, 2010).  View previous Not-Kackmans at our photo gallery, Ceci N'est Pas Michael Kackman.

Joel Neville Anderson, Co-Producer

Photo: Judith Stenneken

Photo: Judith Stenneken

Joel Neville Anderson is a filmmaker/researcher with interests in personal documentary and experimental film/video pursuing a PhD in the University of Rochester’s graduate program in Visual and Cultural Studies. His work has recently been featured in scholarly journals and collections including Film on the Faultline (University of Chicago Press/Intellect, Ltd., 2015), InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, and the Directory of World Cinema, and curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film at Japan Society in New York. Joel is based in Flushing, Queens. www.joelnevilleanderson.com @joelnanderson




Stephanie Brown, Co-Producer

Stephanie Brown is doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she also serves as a media and cinema studies instructor. Her research interests include comedy studies, television studies, feminist media studies, fan studies, and critical-cultural studies. In addition to teaching undergrads and writing her dissertation on women in stand-up comedy, she is also working on co-launching an after-school media literacy program (girlsamplified.org) with her sister, which is being piloted in the fall of 2015. 






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Todd Thompson teaches audio production classes in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas. He also teaches music classes for Rock Camp USA and songwriting workshops for Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit organization that provides musical opportunities for prisoners. He runs The Dharma Bomb Studio in Austin where he does sound design and mixing for film makers as well as music production. He is currently a singer/songwriter in the Austin roots rock band The Memphis Strange.



Bill Kirkpatrick, Producer at Large

Bill Kirkpatrick teaches media studies in the Communication department at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  His publications include articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television & New Media, Radio Journal, and The Journal of Popular Culture, as well as several anthologies.  His dissertation is on localism in U.S. media and he is currently working on too many book projects at once, including on on radio and disability:  Embodied Medium. His website is www.billkirkpatrick.net and you can follow him on Twitter at @billkirkp.