Dr. Jane Marcellus

Professor

Dr. Jane Marcellus
615-898-5282
Room 345, College of Education Building (COE)
MTSU Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Oregon (2004)
  • M.A., University of Arizona (1993)
  • M.S., Northwestern University (1982)
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, CT (1980)

Areas of Expertise

Media History
Cultural Studies Theory
Gender Representation in Media
Historical Representation of Employed Women
Magazines in the Interwar (1918-1941) Era
Media Coverage of Woman Suffrage in Tennessee
Mad Men (TV)

Biography

Jane Marcellus, professor, earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Society (Media Studies) at the University of Oregon, where her research examined representation of employed women in early twentieth-century magazines. She also holds a bachelor's in English from Wesleyan University, a master's in journalism from Medill at Northwestern, and a second master's in English from the University of Arizona. Dr. Marcellus's classes include media history, feature writing, and cultural studies theory.

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Jane Marcellus, professor, earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Society (Media Studies) at the University of Oregon, where her research examined representation of employed women in early twentieth-century magazines. She also holds a bachelor's in English from Wesleyan University, a master's in journalism from Medill at Northwestern, and a second master's in English from the University of Arizona. Dr. Marcellus's classes include media history, feature writing, and cultural studies theory.

Dr. Marcellus is the author of Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (Hampton Press, 2011). She is also co-author, with Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, and Kimberly Wilmot Voss, of Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014), which was named to Teen Vogue magazines 'most epic feminist reading list ever' in 2015. (See teenvogue.com/gallery/feminist-literature-womens-equality-day/25.) Her work has also been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Feminist Media Studies, Women's Studies-An Interdisciplinary Journal, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community: Everything I Know About Relationships I Learned from Television, Prison Narratives From Boethius to Zana, and Bad Men and Damaged Women: Gender, Violence and 21st Century Television. She is on the editorial board for Journalism History and the 'Women in American Political History' series from Lexington Books. Her research has received several national awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). She has served on the AEJMC Publications Committee, which she chaired in 2015-2016, as head of the Cultural and Critical Studies division, and on the selection committee for AJHA's Blanchard Dissertation Prize.

She was a co-convener (with Dr. David Lavery, Dr. Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, and Dr. Michael Goddard) of Mad Men: The Conference, held on the MTSU campus in May 2016. 

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