Dr. Jane Berry Marcellus

Professor

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

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Oregon (2004)
  • MA, University of Arizona (1993)
  • MS, Northwestern University (1982)
  • BA, Wesleyan University (1980)

Areas of Expertise

Media history

Cultural studies

Gender representation 

Creative non-fiction

Biography

Jane Marcellus holds a bachelor’s in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, a master’s in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a second master’s in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Her published work includes creative non-fiction, critical analysis of media (with a focus on history and gender), and journalism. Her...

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Jane Marcellus holds a bachelor’s in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, a master’s in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a second master’s in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Her published work includes creative non-fiction, critical analysis of media (with a focus on history and gender), and journalism. Her essays have appeared in journals including Gettysburg ReviewSycamore Review, and Hippocampus. In 2018, she received both the Betty Gabehart Award in non-fiction from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and the Editor’s Prize for non-fiction given by New Ohio Review. Her work was listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays 2018 and 2019.

Critical analysis includes The Legacy of Mad Men: Cultural History, Intermediality, and American Television (as co-editor), Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (as co-author), along with Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (as sole author). In addition to several scholarly book chapters, her peer-reviewed articles have also appeared in journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, and American Journalism.

A former newspaper staff writer, she has had free-lance essays in the Washington Post, the Oregonian, and the Nashville Scene, among others. In addition to her work as a university professor, she has taught workshops at the Porch Writers Collective in Nashville and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has also attended numerous CNF workshops, including the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

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Publications

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Presentations

ACADEMIC PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS

Panels and Conferences Organized

Organizer, “From Pant(aloon)s to Pussy Hats: Women’s Dress as Feminist Spectacle,” AJHA 2017.

Co-convener, Mad Men: The Conference, May 26-28, 2016, MTSU.

Organizer, AEJMC Publications Committee panel, “The Meaning of Metrics,” 2015.

Organizer, “Co-authorship and Collaboration in Historical Research” pan...

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ACADEMIC PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS

Panels and Conferences Organized

Organizer, “From Pant(aloon)s to Pussy Hats: Women’s Dress as Feminist Spectacle,” AJHA 2017.

Co-convener, Mad Men: The Conference, May 26-28, 2016, MTSU.

Organizer, AEJMC Publications Committee panel, “The Meaning of Metrics,” 2015.

Organizer, “Co-authorship and Collaboration in Historical Research” panel, AJHA 2014. Organizer, “Mad Men, Working Women, and History” panel, CSW-C&CS divisions, AEJMC 2011.

Organizer and moderator, “Ethics Across Time,” History and Media Ethics divisions, AEJMC 2010. Co-organizer, moderator, “Theory and Praxis: CCS Perspectives in the Skills Classroom,” AEJMC 2009.

Co-organizer, “Women, the Press and Politics” panel, MTSU, 2008.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Jane Marcellus, “The Journalists and the Club Women: The New York Herald Tribune Women’s Conference on Current Problems in the 1930s and 1940s,” AJHA work in progress, 2015.  

Jane Marcellus, “Combatting Section 213: Feminist Press Rhetoric against the ‘Married Persons Clause’ of the 1932 Federal Economy Act,” AJHA, 2014.  

Jane Marcellus, “The Feminist and the ‘Bandit’: Sophie Treadwell’s 1921 Interview with Pancho Villa,” International Communication Association (ICA), 2014  

Jane Marcellus, “Making Prison Public: How National Woman’s Party Suffragists Blended Multiple Media Approaches to Tell the Story of Their Imprisonment.” AJHA, 2013.  

Jane Marcellus, “Independent Woman: How a World War I Recruiting Effort Gave Rise to a Feminist Magazine.” AEJMC History Division, 2012.  

Jane Marcellus, “‘Consider the Office Cat’: Humor in a US Feminist Magazine during the 1920s.” Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption, Kingston Univ., 2012.  

Jane Marcellus, “‘A Dab of Cheap Whitening and a Dollar Hat’: Sophie Treadwell’s Double Self in ‘An Outcast at the Christian Door.’” AJHA, work in progress, 2010.  

Jane Marcellus, “Modern Psychic, Working Mom: Allison Dubois as Symbolic Echo.” Console-ing Passions Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, 2010.  

Jane Marcellus, “‘Dear D’: Sophie Treadwell’s 1915 Correspondence from the ‘Big War Theatre,’” AJHA, 2009.  

Jane Marcellus, “Representation of Employed Black Women in the National Urban League's Opportunity during the 1920s and 1930s,” Urban History Association, 2008.  

Jane Marcellus, “‘Come Rally to Our Standard’: Nashville Newspapers and the Nineteenth Amendment during the Summer of 1920,” AJHA, 2008.  

Jane Marcellus, “‘It’s Up to the Women’: Edward Bernays and the Ladies’ Home Journal Campaign to End the Great Depression,” History Division, AEJMC, 2007.  

Jane Marcellus, “The Expert and the Exception: Reinforcing Domestic Roles for Employed Women in U.S. Magazines Between the World Wars,” Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, NCA, 2006.  

Jane Marcellus, “Office Debutantes and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women Between the World Wars,” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, 2006.  

Jane Marcellus, “Your Historical Self: How to Get Students to Place Themselves in Media History,” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT), AEJMC, 2006.  

Jane Marcellus, “Toward a Dialogic Approach to Media History,” NCA, 2005.  

Jane Marcellus, “Ubiquitous Media/Media Fast,” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT), AEJMC, 2005.  

Jane Marcellus, “These Working Wives: The ‘Two-Job’ Woman in Interwar Magazines,” AEJMC, 2004.  

Jane Marcellus, “’Take a Letter, Mr. Jones’: Reframing the Employed Woman in Ladies’ Home Journal,” ICA, 2004.  

Jane Marcellus, “Moderns or Moms?: Body Types and Employed Women in Interwar Magazines,” AJHA, 2003.  

Jane Marcellus, “Clip Notebooks: How to Get Student Reporters to Read the Newspaper for Form, Style, and Content,” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT), AEJMC, 2003.

Jane Marcellus, “Woman as Machine: Representation of Female Clerical Workers in Interwar Magazines,” AEJMC, 2003.  

Jane Marcellus, “Nervous Women and Noble Savages: The Romanticized ‘Other’ in U.S. Patent Medicine Advertising,” AEJMC, 2002. 

Jane Marcellus, “Painter-ettes, Preserved Cogs and Boilermaker Beauties: How ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Was Portrayed in the Workplace,” AJHA, 2001.  

Jane Marcellus, “My Grandmother’s Black-Market Birth Control: ‘Subjugated Knowledges’ in the History of Contraceptive Discourse,” AEJMC, 2001.  

Jane Marcellus, “News Team Peer Critique: How to Teach Students to Give Each Other Helpful Feedback and Still be Friends When It’s Over,” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT), AEJMC, 2001.  

Jane Marcellus, “From Anita Hill to Claudia Kennedy: ‘Systematic Blindnesses’ in New York Times Coverage of Sexual Harassment,”  Power, Democracy & Communication, Simon Fraser Univ, Vancouver, B.C., Oct. 2000.  

Jane Marcellus, “The Article as Event: Louise Rosenblatt’s Transactional Theory Applied to Journalism,” New Directions in Critical Theory conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1995.  

Invited Lectures and Panels

Speaker, “Perfect 36: How Tennessee Delivered the Final Vote for Ratication” as part of panel “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100” (Oregon Historical Society and University of Oregon, as part of “What is…Information?” conference, Portland via Zoom.)  

Panelist, “Gender and Journalism: How #MeToo is Changing Narratives in and out of the Newsroom” (AEJMC national convention, Toronto, August 2019)  

Panelist, “Judging Publication Quality: From Scholarly Communities to Discourse Communities” (AEJMC national convention, Toronto, August 2019)  

Panelist, “From Pant(aloon)s to Pussy Hats: Feminist Dress as Media Spectacle,” AJHA, 2017.  

Panelist, “Women in Journalism: Beyond the Pioneer Trope,” AJHA 2016.   Panelist, "Women and Regional Journalism History,” AEJMC 2016.  

Panelist, “Historicizing Journalism’s Subjective Turn: Reconsidering the Gendered ‘I’ in Early-Twentieth-Century Women’s Reporting,” IALJS at AEJMC, 2015.  

Panelist, “Counterhegemony and staying power: Exploring the then-and-now advocacy publications,” AEJMC, San Francisco, 2015.  

Panelist, “Under the Covers with Magazine Research: Refining Methodologies,” AEJMC, 2014.  

Panelist, “Women’s Reportage and Public Memory: From the late 19th century to the 1940s,” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), Tampere, Finland, May 2013.  

Speaker, “Independent Woman: A Feminist Voice between the Waves of the Women’s Movement,” MTSU Scholar’s Week faculty presentation, April 2013.

Panelist, “Miss-Representation” (video) panel discussion, MTSU, March 2013.  

Panelist, “Learning from and Teaching with Smart Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness,” NCA, 2012.  

Speaker, “So What’s Your Blog About, Anyway?” MTSU School of Journalism “Evolve or Starve” lecture/webinar series, October 2012.  

Speaker, “Sue Shelton White, the Occoquan Workhouse, and the ‘Prison Special,’” MTSU Honors College Lecture Series on Prison Writing, March 2012.  

Panelist, “Imagining the Self: The Struggle for Women’s Self-Representation in a Myth-Saturated Culture” on panel “Girls, Gaps, and Miss-Conceptions: Press Constructions of Gender through Cultural Myth” AJHA, 2011.  

Panelist, “It’s Unlucky to be Unlovely: Work, Power, and the Secretary’s Body from the 1920s to the 1960s” on panel “Mad Men, Working Women, and History,” CSW and C&CS, AEJMC, 2011.  

Panelist, “From Independent Woman to Women's eNews” on panel “Alternative Feminist Media: Where Are They Now?” C&CS and CSW divisions, AEJMC, 2010.  

Speaker, “‘Come Rally to Our Standard’: Nashville Newspapers and the 19th Amendment During the Summer of 1920,” AAUW, Murfreesboro, November 2008.  

Speaker, “With Liberty and Justice for Whom?” in Conversations About American Democracy in the 2008 Election, MTSU/American Democracy Project, October 2008.  

Panelist, “When the Crocodile’s Belly is Empty: Elusive Primary Sources in a Changing Mediascape” AEJMC, 2008.    

Speaker, “Office Debutantes and Two-Job Wives: Early Media Stereotypes of Employed Women and Why They Matter Now,” Women’s Studies Research Series, MTSU, March 2006.  

 

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Awards

2019: “Rabbit Summer” winner of New Ohio Review Editor’s Prize for Prose, judged by Dinty Moore.
2019: “Real Kid” listed as Notable, Best American Essays 2019.
2018: “My Father’s Tooth” listed as Notable, Best American Essays 2018.
2018: Nonfiction winner, Betty Gabehart Prize, Kentucky Women Writers Conference.
2017: Runner-up, American Literary Review Nonfiction Contest
2017: Finalist, Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, South...

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2019: “Rabbit Summer” winner of New Ohio Review Editor’s Prize for Prose, judged by Dinty Moore.
2019: “Real Kid” listed as Notable, Best American Essays 2019.
2018: “My Father’s Tooth” listed as Notable, Best American Essays 2018.
2018: Nonfiction winner, Betty Gabehart Prize, Kentucky Women Writers Conference.
2017: Runner-up, American Literary Review Nonfiction Contest
2017: Finalist, Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Southampton Review
2017: Finalist, The Pinch journal personal essay contest.
2015: Mad Men and Working Women named one of 34 “epic feminist books” by Teen Vogue magazine.
2012: Best Reviewer Award, Cultural & Critical Studies Division, Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
2011: 2nd Place, Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Media & Civil Rights History Award
2009: David Sloan Award, Outstanding Faculty Paper, American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA).
2009: Maurine Beasley Award for Outstanding Paper in Women’s History, AJHA.
2008: Honorable mention, Maurine Beasley Award, AJHA.
2008: Joseph McKerns Research Grant, AJHA, $1,250 for research on Sophie Treadwell.
2007: President’s Commission on the Status of Women, MTSU, course development, $1,800.
2005: Faculty Research and Creative Activity grant, MTSU, for work on Business Girls and Two-Job Wives,.
2004: 2nd place award, faculty paper competition, AEJMC History Division.
2004: Best Dissertation Award, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon.
2003: Warren Price Award for top student paper, AEJMC History Division.
2003: Warren C. Price Award, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon.
2002: Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, $2,500 for dissertation research.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Books
Karen McNally, Jane Marcellus, Teresa Forde, Kirsty Fairclough, eds. The Legacy of Mad
Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television (Palgrave, December 2019)


Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, Jane Marcellus, Kimberly Wilmot Voss, Mad Men and Working Women:
Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014; revised edition, 2016).


Jane Marcellus, Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: ...

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Books
Karen McNally, Jane Marcellus, Teresa Forde, Kirsty Fairclough, eds. The Legacy of Mad
Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television (Palgrave, December 2019)


Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, Jane Marcellus, Kimberly Wilmot Voss, Mad Men and Working Women:
Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014; revised edition, 2016).


Jane Marcellus, Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (Hampton
Press, 2011).

Book Chapters and Invited Articles
Jane Marcellus, “‘A White Man’s Country and a White Man’s Government’?: Discourses of Race
and Masculinity in the Nashville Press,” in Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight
for Women's Suffrage. Edited by Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, and Linda Steiner, University of
Illinois Press, 2020.


Jane Marcellus, “‘Office Wife,’ ‘Two-Job Wife,’ ‘Work Wife’: The Marriage Metaphor in Popular
Culture Representation of Women’s Paid Labor,” in Wives: Roles, Representations, Identities, Work.
Edited by Rebecca Bromwich and Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Demeter Press, 2019.


Tracy Lucht and Jane Marcellus, “‘Business at a Very High Level’: Mad Men, Corporate Culture, and
Violence Against Women,” in The Legacy of Mad Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television.
Edited by Karen McNally, Jane Marcellus, Teresa Forde, and Kirsty Fairclough, Palgrave, 2019.


Jane Marcellus and Erika Engstrom, “‘The Suitcase’ and ‘The Strategy’: The Pro-Family Feminist Bond
between Mad Men Protagonists Don Draper and Peggy Olsen” in Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and
Community: Everything I Know About Relationships I Learned from Television. Edited by Kathleen Ryan,
Deborah Macey, and Noah Springer. Lexington Books, 2016.


Jane Marcellus, “‘From Prison to People’: How Women Jailed for Suffrage Inscribed Their
Prison Experience on the American Public” in Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Edited by
Philip Edward Phillips. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.


Jane Marcellus, “What’s the Harm in Advertising Stereotypes?” in Advertising & Society: Controversies and
Consequences. Edited by Carol Pardun. Wiley/Blackwell, 2008. Revised version published in 2nd edition,
retitled Advertising & Society: An Introduction, Wiley/Blackwell 2013.


Marcella Genz and Jane Marcellus,“Books, the First Mass Media, 1400-Present” in The Age of Mass
Communication, 2nd ed. Edited by William David Sloan. Vision Press, 2008.


Jane Marcellus, “What It Means to Be a Lady: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind” in Women in
Literature: Reading Through the Lens of Gender. Edited by Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen Silber. Greenwood, 2003.


Jane Marcellus, “Peer Revision Groups in Journalism Classes,” Feminist Media Studies 1:3 (November
2001), 385-86.


Jane Marcellus, “Start the Presses: Journalism Assignments in the Basic Writing and Composition
Classroom.” Arizona English Bulletin 35:2 (1993), 6-9.


Refereed Academic Journal Articles
Jane Marcellus, “‘Dear D’: Sophie Treadwell’s 1915 Correspondence from the ‘Big War Theatre,’”
American Journalism 29:4 (Fall 2012), 68-93.


Jane Marcellus, “‘It’s Up to the Women’: Edward Bernays, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Feminist
Resistance to Shopping for Patriotism,” Feminist Media Studies 3:12 (2012), 389-405.


Jane Marcellus, “Southern Myths and the Nineteenth Amendment: The Participation of Nashville
Newspaper Publishers in the Final State's Ratification,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
(J&MCQ) 87:2 (Summer 2010), 241-262.


Jane Marcellus, “Nervous Women and Noble Savages: The Romanticized ‘Other’ in Nineteenth-Century
Patent Medicine Advertising,” Journal of Popular Culture 41:5 (September 2008), 784-808.


Jane Marcellus, “‘These Working Wives’: Representation of the ‘Two-Job’ Woman Between the World
Wars,” American Journalism 23:3 (Summer 2006), 53-78.


Jane Marcellus, “Woman as Machine: Representation of Secretaries in Interwar Magazines,” J&MCQ
83:1 (Spring 2006), 101-115.


Jane Marcellus, “Bo’s’n’s Whistle: Representing ‘Rosie the Riveter’ on the Job,” American Journalism 22:2
(Spring 2005), 83-108.


Jane Marcellus, “Moderns or Moms?: Body Typing and Employed Women Between the World Wars,”
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 34 (2005), 551-573.


Jane Marcellus, “My Grandmother’s Black-Market Birth Control: ‘Subjugated Knowledges’ in the
History of Contraceptive Discourse,” Journal of Communication Inquiry 27:1 (January 2003), 9-28.


Jane Marcellus, “Do Writing Groups Nurture Authentic Voice?” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 7 (1996), 71-82.

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Creative Activity

“Meeting Aunt Z,” Chapter 16. February 27, 2020. Online https://chapter16.org/meeting-aunt-z/.  

“Drawers,” Green Briar Review Issue 7:1 Winter 2020. Online http://www.greenbriarreview.com/Jane-Marcellus---Drawers.html  

“Rabbit Summer,” New Ohio Review 25, Summer 2019: 37-48.  

“Real Kid,” 1966—A Journal of Creative Nonfiction Summer 2018: 65-75. Online https://iss...

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“Meeting Aunt Z,” Chapter 16. February 27, 2020. Online https://chapter16.org/meeting-aunt-z/.  

“Drawers,” Green Briar Review Issue 7:1 Winter 2020. Online http://www.greenbriarreview.com/Jane-Marcellus---Drawers.html  

“Rabbit Summer,” New Ohio Review 25, Summer 2019: 37-48.  

“Real Kid,” 1966—A Journal of Creative Nonfiction Summer 2018: 65-75. Online https://issuu.com/1966journal/docs/summer_2018_pdf_release_1  

“#MeToo Has Been Almost 200 Years in the Making,” Made by History, Washington Post, 9 January 2018. Online. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/09/metoo-has-been-almost-200-years-in-the-making/?utm_term=.fc8562f5f357  

“The Growing Rock,” Gettysburg Review Winter 2017: 640-653.  

“My Father’s Tooth,” Sycamore Review 28:2 (2017), 97-110. Online. https://sycamorereview.com/2017/09/27/jane-marcellus/

  “Whirlaway” and “Her Brother’s Things” (two flash essays). Gravel December 2017. Online.  https://www.gravelmag.com/jane-marcellus.html  

“Scissors,” Hippocampus Magazine, April 2017. Online. http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/2017/04/scissors-by-jane-marcellus/  

“A Common Thread: A Once-Rebellious Daughter Finds That the Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree,” Vodka Yonic, Nashville Scene, 6 April 2017. Online http://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/vodka-yonic/article/20857215/a-common-thread  

“Working Girls: My Summer as a Typist, and the Women Next Door,” Vodka Yonic, Nashville Scene, 13 October 2016. Online http://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/vodka-yonic/article/20836674/working-girls-my-summer-as-a-typist-and-the-women-next-door

 “I’m a Single Woman. I Decided to Change My Last Name Anyway,” Solo-ish, Washington Post, 11 July 2016. Online https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soloish/wp/2016/07/11/im-a-single-woman-i-decided-to-change-my-last-name-anyway/

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In the Media


"Feminism and Mad Men," UMES 30, interviewed by Joshua Wright, WMES Radio, March 24, 2019 (interviewed about Mad Men and Working Women book).
Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote (documentary). Produced by Yoshie Lewis. March 2017. Dist. American Public Television (interviewed about suffrage in Tennessee.)
“Eleanor in Love and Politics,” Interchange, hosted by Douglas Storm, WFHB Radio, March 14, 2017 (interviewed about ER and 1930s Ladies' Home Journal campaign).
Women's Suffrage and the Media (website/database; part of editorial team).‚Äč 

Special Projects

Co-Organizer, Mad Men: The Conference held at MTSU, May 2016.

Courses

MC 6010 Cultural Studies

Jour 4510 Media History and Culture

Jour 3530 Feature Writing