Dr. Ethan Thompson

Dr. Ethan Thompson

Professor of Media Arts
Department of Communication & Media

Office: BH 328

Phone: 361-825-5993


Ethan Thompson is Professor of Media Arts in the Department of Communication & Media at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He teaches courses in media and cultural studies, including television criticism, as well as documentary and comedy studies. His courses integrate media history with close-examination of media texts and current and emerging production practices.

Dr. Thompson made the documentary film, TV Family (Media Education Foundation, 2016), about a long-lost precursor to reality TV programs, Story of a Family (NBC, 1960). He is an editor of the Peabody Media History series from the University of Georgia Press, including the forthcoming Television History, the Peabody Archive, and Cultural Memory (2019). His other books include the first and second editions of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013 & 2019), Parody and Taste in Postwar Americtan Television Culture (Routledge, 2011), and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (NYU Press, 2009). You can visit his profile to find links to some of his other published articles. 

Courses Dr. Thompson regularly teaches at TAMUCC include:

MEDA 2367 Media Industries

MEDA 3301 Television Criticism

MEDA 3351 Screen Comedy

MEDA 1305 Film & Culture

MEDA 4311 Documentary Studies

MEDA 4340 Advertising Criticism

MEDA 4381 Senior Seminar in Media Studies

MEDA 4390 Interpreting the Visual Culture of Hollywood

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