Gary Edgerton is professor and dean of the College of Communication at Butler University. He was previously eminent scholar, professor, and chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University. He has published eleven books and more than eighty essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias.
While at Old Dominion, he was appointed eminent scholar by the institution's Board of Visitors in June 2010; and received the university's 27th Annual Research Award in Recognition of a Distinguished Scholarly Career in 2011. One of his recent books, The Columbia History of American Television (Columbia University Press, 2007), was named the 2008 John G. Cawelti Award winner for Outstanding Scholarly Inquiry into American Cultural Studies by the American Culture Association. He also received Honorable Mention (Second Place) in the 2001 John G. Cawelti Book Award for Ken Burns’s America (Palgrave for St. Martin’s Press); and First Place in the 2001 Ray B. Browne National Book Award of the Popular Culture Association in the Textbook Category for Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age (University Press of Kentucky).
In addition, Dr. Edgerton is the Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television, General Editor for the “Essential Reader Series in Contemporary Media and Culture” from the University Press of Kentucky, and an editorial board member of seven other scholarly journals and another book series. He has also delivered more than one hundred scholarly presentations at various international, national, and regional conferences, including invited talks at King Alfred’s College in Winchester, England, Oxford University in England, Trinity College in Dublin, le Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po at the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris, Ireland, University of Aalborg in Denmark, and Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, among others. In 2004 he received the American Culture Association Governing Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Cultural Studies.
Moreover, Professor Edgerton has taught courses in Media History, Theory, and Criticism; Contemporary Media and Culture; News and the Documentary Tradition; and Media Production. Over the years he has been recognized with three teaching awards. He also averages two-dozen commentaries per year since 1990 across a wide variety of media and culture topics in magazines such as Newsweek, Salon, U.S. News & World Report, and Variety; international magazines and newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), El País (Madrid), The Guardian (Manchester, U.K.), Télérama (Paris), national newspapers such as the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and Washington Post; regional newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and Los Angeles Times; and numerous interviews on national and local TV and radio programs, including Marketplace (American Public Media), BBC Radio 5, CBC Radio Network, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and Morning Edition (NPR), among many others media outlets.