Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones

Executive Director Peabody Awards, Lambdin Kay Professor, Entertainment and Media Studies
Office: Journalism building, room 322

About: Dr. Jones directs the George Foster Peabody Awards, and is Lambdin Kay Professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department.  His research specialty is television studies, with a focus on popular politics, satire and parody.  He is the author and editor of five books, including Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement (2nd ed.), Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era, and The Essential HBO Reader.

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PhD: Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin (1999)
MA: Political Science, Auburn University (1993)
BA: Political Science, Auburn University (1985)

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Jones helped establish the field of Political Entertainment Television and Popular Politics.  He is the author and editor of five books, including Entertaining Politics: Satirical Television and Political Engagement, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010); Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (NYU Press, 2009); News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe (Routledge, 2012); The Essential HBO Reader (University Press of Kentucky, 2008).  He is also the author of almost 30 articles and book chapters on the intersections of popular culture and politics.

Teaching Specialties

Dr. Jones teaches classes in Television Studies, Media and Politics, Popular Culture, Documentary Tradition, Media Studies, Theory and Methods in Critical/Cultural Studies, and Critical Analysis of Journalism.

Office: Journalism building, room 322