Professor of Television, Film and Media Studies, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Classen grew up in the state of Oregon and studied for his doctorate in the Media and Cultural Studies doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin. He most enjoys teaching cultural and media theory, media law, and broadcast history. His book Watching Jim Crow (Duke University Press), examining the struggles over local television in Mississippi during the civil rights movement, won the 2004 McGannon (Fordham University) Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research. He has also published in journals such as Television and New Media, Journal of e-Media Studies, and Critical Studies in Mass Communication, as well as multiple television/media studies anthologies. His current research focuses on religion and popular television as well as early U.S. broadcast history.