Hazel Rogers Professor of Media Studies, University of Tulsa
Chapter Member: Oklahoma SSN
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Jensen studies the relationship between media and contemporary culture, with special interest in claims about media influence; beliefs about the arts; and the value of cultural choices. She founded and directs the Henneke Faculty Writing Program at the University of Tulsa, and is the author of Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics (Chicago, 2017) and a series of columns on academic writing in Vitae. She has started a new TU Public Scholar Initiative, designed to help faculty reach beyond academic audiences.
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"Face It: Your Decks Will Never be Cleared," Joli Jensen, Vitae, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2014.
Guest to discuss the media and society on PBS’s “Power of Ideas” , Joli Jensen, December 20, 2001.
"Emotional Choices: What Story You Choose to Believe about Antidepressants Reveals a Deeper Truth about Who You Are," Joli Jensen, REASON Magazine, April 2004.
"Fandom as Pathology: The Consequences of Characterization" in McQuail’s Reader in Mass Communication Theory, edited by Denis McQuail (Sage, 2002), 342-354.
Explores the misrepresentation of popular culture fans as deranged and desperate.
Is Art Good for Us? Beliefs about High Culture in American Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
Questions our taken-for-granted assumptions about the transformational power of high culture.
The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization and Country Music (Vanderbilt, 1998).
Explores how and why we want music to be “authentic,” in relation to concerns about the effects of commerce on culture.
Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism (Sage, 1990).
Analyzes how the media are blamed for the perceived ills of modern life.