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Stacy Takacs


Main Campus: 311W Morrill Hall
Phone: 405-744-9474
Tulsa Campus: 2215 Main Hall
Phone: 918-594-8331


Ph.D., Indiana University


Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • American Studies

  • Cultural Studies

  • TV and Media Studies

  • Popular Culture

  • Contemporary American Literature and Culture  

Recent Courses Taught
  • Graduate Seminar in Screen Studies: Theories of Popular Culture

  • Graduate Seminar in TV and New Media: TV History and Historiography

  • Graduate Seminar in TV and New Media: TV Studies

  • Graduate Seminar in Screen Studies: Convergence and Control

  • Graduate Seminar in Screen Studies: Examining the Screen

  • Theories and Methods of American Studies

  • Television and American Society

  • American Popular Culture

  • Race, Gender & Ethnicity in American Film

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities

Selected Publications


Editorial Work

Book Chapters

Refereed Journal Articles

Selected Conference Presentations
  • Featured Speaker, Broadcasting History at 100 Conference, Sponsored by the Radio Preservation Task Force, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, TBD. [COVID-19 delay]

  • “Commercial Parasite: American Forces TV and the Contradictions of International Broadcasting.” Media Industries Conference. King’s College, London. April 16-18, 2020. [Canceled due to COVID-19]

  • “Limestone Air Force Television Station and the Politics of the Cold War TV Industry.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Denver, Co. April 1-5, 2020. [Canceled due to COVID-19]

  • “‘We Bring You Home’: American Forces Network and the Imagination of Empire Post-9/11.” American Studies Assoc. Conference. Honolulu, HI. Nov 6-10, 2019.

  • “Fortress Americana, or TV on the Frontiers of the GWOT.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Seattle, WA. March 13-17, 2019.

  • “The Banality of Militarism in the Late War on Terror.” Medial Reflections: Threat Communication in the US-American Order after 9/11. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, September 20-21, 2018.

  • “Is This What You Mean By Global Village? Satellites, Public Diplomacy and AFN.” Post-War Faculty Colloquium, University of North Texas. Denton, TX, April 6, 2018.

  • “'We are Being Suppressed’: Battling Military Censorship at the Armed Forces Network .” American Studies Assoc. Conference. Chicago, IL. November 9-12, 2017. 

  • “Delivering the Goodies: Armed Forces Television Network Constructs Its Audience.” Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism. East Carolina University. Greenville, NC. July 27-29, 2017.

  • “Window or Wall? Satellites and Globalization Revisited.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. March 22-March 26, 2017.

Recent Honors
  • 2019  Regents Distinguished Research Award, OSU

Recent Grants or Research Trips
  • 2020  Oklahoma Humanities, Research Grant

  • 2020  OSU, Arts & Sciences Travel Grant

  • 2018  OSU, Humanities, Arts and Design Grant 

  • 2018  OSU Arts & Sciences Travel Award

  • 2017  OSU Arts & Sciences Travel Award     

  • 2015  Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant     

Current Research

I am interested in the relationship between US television and US imperial politics in the contemporary era. I consider TV to be a key site within which an "American" imaginary is constructed for US citizens and others in the world. It was this idea of "America" that was attacked on 9/11 and this idea of "America" that was reinvigorated in the wake of the attacks, so it is this idea that must be interrogated if we are to understand and improve global relations for the 21st century. My first book, Terrorism TV, examined the role of entertainment television in the manufacture of consent for the so-called War on Terror. I have also written an introductory popular culture textbook for Routledge(Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions)and edited an anthology on American militarism as represented on the small screen from 1950 to the present(American Militarism on the Small Screenwith Anna Froula). I am currently writing a manuscript examining the American Forces Network (aka American Forces Radio and Television Service). It is a cultural history of the service, its transmission networks, and its effects on U.S. service personnel, their families, and civilian "eavesdroppers" in places like Panama, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, and Japan. In addition to these works, I have published numerous  articles on the televisual mediation of contemporary political and social issues (the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, immigration politics, and the New Economy, to name a few) in both scholarly journals and edited volumes.

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