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About Joy E. Hayes

Joy studies the cultural history of broadcasting in the United States and Mexico with a primary focus on the period 1930-1950. She investigates the role of radio broadcasting in cultural identity formation through the archival collections of broadcasting institutions (government agencies and commercial networks), the texts of radio programs (recordings and scripts), and the documents produced by and about radio audiences (fan letters and surveys). Some of her recent work examines the construction of whiteness in U.S. family drama programs of the late thirties and explores the impact of these radio shows on early television representations of "the American family." Her course offerings at the graduate level include the Cultural History of Radio, Nationalism as a Communication Process, Bakhtin and Cultural Theory, and Theories of Mass Communication


Present Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Iowa

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