Thompson portraitDr. Ethan Thompson

Professor of Media Arts
Department of Communication & Media

Office: BH 328

Phone: 361-825-5993


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Ethan Thompson is Professor of Media Arts in the Department of Communication & Media at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. His courses integrate media history with close-examination of media texts and current and emerging production practices. He also teaches a movie poster course each Maymester that combines film history with print making.

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  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 & 2020), Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture (Routledge, 2011), and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (NYU Press, 2009). Courses Dr. Thompson regularly teaches at TAMUCC include:

MEDA 2367 Media Industries

MEDA 3301 Television Criticism

MEDA 3302 Film Criticism

MEDA 3303 Documentary Studies

MEDA 3351 Screen Comedy

MEDA 1305 Film & Culture

MEDA 4340 Advertising Criticism

MEDA 4381 Senior Seminar in Media Studies

MEDA 4305 Interpreting and Making the Visual Culture of Hollywood