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Kathy Jackson

Kathy Merlock Jackson

Professor of Communication


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

Office Location: Birdsong 208
Phone: 757-455-3308
Department/s: Communication

Kathy Merlock Jackson is Professor of Communications at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she teaches courses in media studies and coordinates the communications and media internship programs. 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. She is the author of four books, Images of Children in American Film: A Socio-Cultural Analysis, Walt Disney: A Bio-Bibliography, Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives, and Walt Disney: Conversations, as well as numerous articles and reviews. A former president of the American Culture Association, she currently edits The Journal of American Culture; she also writes 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, have a college-age son, Nicholas, and live in Virginia Beach.
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".


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


COMM481*01 Internship in Communication


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


COMM333*01 Tpc: Walt Disney's America