Dr. Ethan Thompson

Dr. Ethan Thompson

Associate Professor
Department of Communication & Media

Office: BH 328

Phone: 361-825-5993



Twitter: @swigzine

Hi there. My name is Ethan Thompson and I teach courses in media and cultural studies at TAMUCC. I also research and write about TV and other aspects of media culture, particularly comedy. I am especially interested in the history of popular media, and finding ways to make the past visible in the present. I earned my PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 2004. I graduated with a BA in English and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.

My books include How to Watch Television (co-editor), Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture (author), and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (co-editor). You can visit my profile to find links to some of my published articles. 

I have recently completed a feature-length documentary, TV Family.

Courses I regularly teach at TAMUCC include:

COMM 2367 Media Industries

COMM 3301 Television Criticism

COMM 3351 Screen Comedy

COMM 3302 Film History & Criticism

COMM 1305 Film & Culture

COMM 4311 Documentary Studies

COMM 4340 Advertising Criticism

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