Jensen

Joli Jensen

Hazel Rogers Professor of Media Studies, University of Tulsa
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion

About Joli

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. 

Podcast

Publications

Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Asserts that it is possible to write happily and productively in academe, and offers tools and techniques for academics to overcome obstacles to scholarly writing within universities. Jensen draws on popular and scholarly insights into the writing process and stems from Jensen's experience designing and directing a faculty writing program. 

Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism (Sage, 1990).
Analyzes how the media are blamed for the perceived ills of modern life.
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.
"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.

In the News

"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.
"Let’s Not Medicate Away Student Angst," Joli Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2003.