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About Gary R. Edgerton

Gary Edgerton is a professor 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. Dr. Edgerton has published ten books and more than eighty essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias. His most recent volumes are Westerns: The Essential Journal of Popular Film and Television Collection (Routledge, 2012) with Michael T. Marsden and Mad Men: Dream Come True TV (I.B.Tauris/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His monograph, The Columbia History of American Television (Columbia University Press, 2007), won the 2008 John G. Cawelti Book Award of the American Culture Association for Outstanding Scholarly Inquiry into American Cultural Studies. It was just translated into Chinese and published by Renmin University Press in Beijing. He also received Honorable Mention (Second Place) for 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) with Peter C. Rollins.
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 two book series. He has also delivered more than one hundred scholarly presentations at various international, national, and regional conferences, including invited talks at the Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po at the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris, King Alfred's College in Winchester, England, Oxford University in England, Trinity College in Dublin, 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; Media Literacy; 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, Télérama (Paris), and Variety; international and national newspapers such as the Christian Science Monitor, El País (Madrid), The Guardian (Manchester, U.K.), New York Times, and U.S.A. Today; regional newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post; and numerous interviews on national and local TV and radio programs, including CNN, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, Fox News, and Morning Edition (NPR), among many others media outlets. To find out more, please visit


Present Dean, Butler University College of Communication

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Honors and Awards

  • First Place Award in the 2012 Annual Broadcast Education Association History Essay Competition for “The Sopranos as Tipping Point in the Resurgence of HBO”
  • 27th Annual Research Award in Recognition of a Distinguished Scholarly Career, Old Dominion University, 2011
  • Appointed Eminent Scholar by Old Dominion University’s Board of Visitors, June 2010
  • First Place in the 2008 John G. Cawelti Book Award of the American Culture Association for Outstanding Scholarly Inquiry into American Cultural Studies for The Columbia History of American Television
  • 2007 Distinguished Achievement Speaker for The Columbia History of American Television— Delivering the Plenary Address, “Television and the Remaking of American Life,” at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

218D Fairbanks Center
College of Communication
Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3485
phone: 317.940.9815

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