Anna McCarthy

Professor; Chair

Professor Anna McCarthy

Publications: Co-editor of the journal Social Text. Books include the coedited anthology MediaSpace (Routledge, 2004); Ambient Television (Duke University Press, 2001); and The Citizen Machine (The New Press, 2010).

Articles and anthology chapters include: “’Stanley Milgram, Allen Funt, and Me’: Postwar Social Science and the ‘First Wave’ of Reality TV,” in Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (revised edition) edited by Susan Murray and Laurie Ouellette (New York University Press, 2008); “The Technological Grotesque,” Statement and photo essay, The Velvet Light Trap 62, 2008; “Governing by Television” in Explorations in Communication and History, edited by Barbie Zelizer (Routledge, 2008); “Reality Television: a Neoliberal Theater of Suffering,” Social Text 25:93, Fall 2007; “Rodents,” Journal of Visual Culture, 6:2, 2007; “Little Britain,” (Interview with Matt Lucas and David Walliams) Interview magazine, October 2007; “Mad Men’s Retro Charm,” The Nation online edition, August 29, 2007; “From the Ordinary to the Concrete: Cultural Studies and the Politics of Scale,” in Questions of Method in Cultural Studies edited by Mimi White and James Schwoch (Blackwell Publishers, 2006); “Regieren per Fernsehen? TV-Filme im Dienst an der Öffentlichkeit und die Archive der Frühzeit des Fernsehens in den USA,” Montage/AV. (Schuren Verlag, Marburg, Germany), 2005; “Geekospheres: Visual Culture and Material Culture at Work,” Journal of Visual Culture 3:1, 2004; "Must See Queer TV: History and Serial Form in Ellen" in Quality Popular Television edited by Mark Jancovich and James Lyons. BFI Press, 2003.

Selected Fellowships and Awards:
Visiting Researcher, Center for Media and Cultural Communication, University of Cologne, Germany, May-June, 2007; Scholar-in-Residence, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2006; Faculty Fellowship, Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict, International Center for Advanced Study, NYU, 2002-3; Stephen Charney Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellowship, NYU, 2001; First Prize, Society for Cinema Studies Dissertation Awards, 1997; Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

Research Interests:
Television history; sponsored film; education film; history of technology; material culture; cultural policy; governmentality; trauma; biopolitics.


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University