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Spigel Named Frances Willard Professor

November 21, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Lynn Spigel, professor and chair of radio/television/film in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, has been named Frances E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures.

Spigel's specialties include media and U.S. cultural history, gender and media and cultural theory. She teaches courses on television history, science fiction, media theory, feminist media studies, cultural theory and historical research methods.

An internationally sough speaker at universities and museums, Spigel has written two highly influential works on television history. These are “Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs” (Duke University Press) and “Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America” (University of Chicago Press).

Her forthcoming book is “TV By Design: Modern Art and Commercial Television.” She is also conducting research on new media, architecture and smart homes.

Spigel is co-editor of “Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition” (Duke University Press), “Feminist Television Criticism” (Oxford), “The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict” (Routledge), “Private Screenings: Television and the Female Consumer” (University of Minnesota Press), “Close Encounters: Film, Feminism and Science Fiction” (University of Minnesota Press) and “Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and Social Space” (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press).

She is the editor of the “Console-ing Passions” book series at Duke University Press.

After teaching at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California, Spigel joined the Northwestern faculty in 2002.

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