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Victoria Johnson


Victoria E. Johnson

Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of Southern California, Cinema-Television
M.A., University of Southern California, Cinema-Television
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Humanities/Cinema Studies and Political Science/Political Theory

Phone: (949) 824-3448
Fax: (949) 824-2464

University of California
213 Humanities Instructional Building
Department of Film and Media Studies
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697


Critical History/Theory of U.S. Television and Film, Cultural Studies, Cultural Geography, Critical Race Theory, Sound and Music in Film/TV, Branding and Identity, Sport and Community, Media Policy and Law, Communication Technology and Rural Access
Phi Beta Kappa
Appointments Prior to her appointment at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Johnson was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and visiting faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

UCI Affiliations:
Steering Committee and Faculty, African American Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Women's Studies

Courses Frequently Taught
Undergraduate Courses
History of Broadcasting
Film and Media Theory
Critical Theory of TV
Race/Sport/Media Culture
and Special Topics courses in TV and Media Culture

Graduate Courses
Critical Historiography and Theory of U.S. TV
Seminar in Cultural Studies

Victoria E. Johnson teaches courses and conducts scholarly research on topics related to: Broadcast media theory, history and historiography; social and critical history of U.S. television and popular film; cultural studies; race, geography and popular media; popular music and scoring in film and television; sport culture; branding and identity; entertainment law and the construction of celebrity as property; media policy and rural access to communication technology.

She has published several articles regarding the politics of place, race, and popular music in anthologies and journals including The Revolution Wasn’t Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict, Spike Lee’s 'Do the Right Thing', Film Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and online at In Media Res. Her book, Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity, examines the imagination of the American midwest as symbolic Heartland in critical moments in prime-time television and U.S. social history.


Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity(New York: New York University Press, 2008).

  Book Chapters and Journal Articles
"From Paradise Cove to the Precinct: Mapping The Rockford Files' Urban (Tele)Visions," Considering David Chase: Essays on The Sopranos, Northern Exposure, and The Rockford Files, ed. Thomas Fahy (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2007): 11-28. See details
  "Broadcasting," The American Midwest, eds. Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006): 939-942. See details.
  "'Welcome Home'? CBS, PAX-TV, and 'Heartland' Values in a Neo-Network Era," The Television Studies Reader, eds. Robert Allen and Annette Hill (London: Routledge, 2004): 404-417. See details.

"Television and Civil Rights." Civil Rights in the United States, eds. Waldo E. Martin and Patricia Sullivan (New York: Macmillan, 2000): 719-721.

"Fertility Among the Ruins: The 'Heartland,' Maternity, and the Oklahoma City Bombing," Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 13.1 (1999): 57-75.

"Citizen Welk: Bubbles, Blue Hair, and Middle America," The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict. eds. Lynn Spigel and Michael Curtin (NY: Routledge, 1997): 265-285.

"Polyphony and Cultural Expression: Interpreting Musical Traditions in 'Do The Right Thing,'" Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, Ed. Mark A. Reid (NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 50-72.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
American Studies Association
University Film and Video Association
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Education Foundation
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Other Experience Editorial Board
The Journal of Film and Video
  Board of Directors
Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2008—2011
  Chair, Professional Development Committee
Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2007—2008
Graduate Programs Visual Studies

Culture and Theory


Courses Taught