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Kathy Jackson

Kathy Merlock Jackson

Professor of Communication

Education

B.A., West Virginia University
M.A., Ohio State University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Office Location: Birdsong 208
Phone: 757-455-3308
Email: kmjackson@vwu.edu
Department/s: Communication

Kathy Merlock Jackson is Professor of Communication at Virginia Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses in media studies and coordinates the communication internship program. She received her B.A. from West Virginia University in English and Spanish, her M.A. from Ohio State University in English, and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in American culture, with emphases in radio-television-film and popular culture. She is the author of over a hundred articles, chapters, and reviews and has published eight books, Images of Children in American Film (1986); Walt Disney: A Bio-Bibliography (1993); Rituals and Patterns in Children’s Lives (2005); Conversations with Walt Disney (2006); Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Theme Parks and Their Influence, co-edited with Mark West (2011); Walt Disney: From Reader to Storyteller, co-edited with Mark West (2014); The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism: Celebrity Treatment, co-authored with Lisa Lyon Payne and Kathy Stolley (2016); and Revisiting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Essays on Lessons About Self and Community, co-edited with Steven Emmanuel (2016). A former president of the American Culture Association and current VP/President Elect of the PCA/ACA, she edits The Journal of American Culture. She previosuly wrote a monthly column on television for Port Folio Weekly, a local lifestyle magazine. In 1984 she received the college's Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2004 became its first recipient of the Batten Distinguished Scholar Award. She was named to the first class of Batten Professors, serving in that capacity from 2004-2007. In 2006 the American Culture Association presented her with the President's Award for Extraordinary Service to the American Culture Association, and in 2007 she was awarded the association's highest award, the Governing Board Award, for scholarly contributions to American culture studies and service to the association. Her main areas of interest are children's culture and animation. She and her husband Joe, a writer and the Darden Professor professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University, live in Virginia Beach. They have an adult son Nicholas, now on an art Fulbright in Ukraine.

Kathy Merlock Jackson is the author of over a hundred articles, chapters, and reviews and has published eight books, Images of Children in American Film (1986); Walt Disney:  A Bio-Bibliography (1993); Rituals and Patterns in Children’s Lives (2005); Conversations with Walt Disney (2006);  Disneyland and Culture:  Essays on the Theme Parks and Their Influence, co-edited with Mark West (2011); Walt Disney:  From Reader to Storyteller, co-edited with Mark West (2014); The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism:  Celebrity Treatment, co-authored with Lisa Lyon Payne and Kathy Stolley (2016); and Revisiting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:  Essays on Lessons About Self and Community, co-edited with Steven Emmanuel (2016). 

Other works include the following:

Jackson, Kathy Merlock and Ray Merlock. "Leaving Rosebud, Leaving the Valley: Vestiges of Childhood in Two Classic Films from 1941," The Journal of American Culture, 29.3 (2006): 296-306. Jackson, Kathy Merlock, ed. Walt Disney: Conversations. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006. Jackson, Kathy Merlock, ed. Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Regular publication of columns focusing on popular television shows or trends in broadcasting for Port Folio Weekly (8 years).Jackson, Kathy Merlock and Mark D. Arnold. "Baby-Boom Children and Harvey Comics After the Code: A Neighborhood of Little Girls and Boys." ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. 3.3 (2007). Dept of English, University of Florida. 22 Jun. 2007. http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v3_3/jackson/.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Animation." Encyclopedia of American Studies. Eds. Kurian, George T., et al. Bethel, CT: Grolier, 2001.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "The Johnstown Flood (1889): Magnates, Mill Workers, Mud, and Misery.? Ordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Events. Eds. Ray B. Browne and Art Neal. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2001.Editor, regular contribution of book reviews for The Journal of American Culture.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. Foreword to Cicero, Classicism and Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick. Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2007.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Psychological First Aid: The Hallmark Company, Greeting Cards, and the Response to September 11." The Journal of American Culture 28.1 (2005): 11-28.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Mickey and the Tramp: Walt Disney's Debt to Charlie Chaplin." The Journal of American Culture 26.4 (2003): 439-444. Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Boyhood in Film." Encyclopedia of Boyhood in American Culture, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO, 2003.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "From Control to Adaptation: America's Toy Story." Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 24.1/2 (2001): 139-145.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Leon Schlesinger" and "Ub Iwerks." American National Biography. Sup. 1. Eds. Paul Betz and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "When Fantasy Becomes Reality: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?!" Film and History Conference Proceedings - "The Documentary Tradition." Eds. Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, and James Knecht. CD-ROM. 2006.

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This represents a sample of recent courses taught by this professor. For the most current course information, consult WebAdvisor "Search for Courses".

Spring

COMM327*01 Children and the Media

COMM481*01 Internship in Communication

COMM333*02 Tpc:Movies of the 1940s

COMM327*02 HNRS: Children and the Media

COMM333*03 HNRS: Tpc:Movies of the 1940s


Summer

COMM481*01 Internship in Communication


Fall

COMM321*01 Theories of Mass Comm

COMM411*01 Sem:Fairy Tales:Media & Cultu

COMM481*01 Internship in Communication

COMM321*02 Theories of Mass Comm

INST391*01 GS: Ethics Bowl Workshop


Winter

COMM333*01 Tpc: Walt Disney's America