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Stacy Takacs


Main Campus: OSU-STW Morrill 311E / OSUT MCB2215
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

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

Recent Publications
  • “David Sarnoff on War, Militarism, and Communications.” Broadcasting America: The Rise of Mass Media and Communications. Adam Matthew Digital Collections, 2023.

  • “Afterword.” Mediated Terror in the 21st Century, Eds. Elena Caoduro, Karen Randell, and Karen A. Ritzenhoff. Palgrave MacMillan, 2021.

  • “Foreword.” The Big Picture by John Lemza. Lawrence, KS: U Press of Kansas (War on Screen series), 2021.

  • “The Banality of Militarism in the Late War on Terror.” In Medial Reflections: Threat Communication and the US American Order after 9/11. Eds. Lukas R.A. Wilde, Vanessa Ossa, David Sheu. Routledge, 2020: 80-101.

  • “Exceptional Soldiers: Imagining the Privatized Military on US TV.” In Imperial Benevolence: US Foreign Policy in American Popular Culture Since 9/11. Eds. Scott Laderman and Tim Gruenewald. University of California Press, 2018: 97-116.

  • “Radio, TV & the Military.” In A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting. Ed. Aniko Bodroghkozy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018: 257-278.

Selected Conference Presentations
  • Roundtable presenter: “Elana Levine’s HerstoriesReflections on US Broadcasting History, Sponsored by the Radio Preservation Task Force, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, April 27-29, 2023

  • Presenter, “Rumors of Peace, Greatly Exaggerated: Six O’Clock Follies and the Cultural War over Vietnam.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Denver, CO, April 12-15, 2023.

  • Presenter, “TV as Recruitment and Retention Vehicle in the Atomic Military.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, ONLINE, March 30-April 3, 2022.

  • Presenter, “‘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.

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

  • Presenter, “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.

  • Presenter, “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.

Awards and Recognition
  • Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, OSU 2023

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 2022

  • English Department, Research Release, OSU 2020

  • Oklahoma Humanities, Research Grant 2020           

  • Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, OSU 2020

  • Winner, Regents Distinguished Research Award, OSU 2019

Current Research

My work focuses on the role of television in the mediation of American politics with a particular focus on issues of war and representation. My current manuscript (under contract at U of Illinois Press) examines the American Forces Network, a global network of radio and television stations available to US military members serving overseas since 1942. 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.

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