Janet Wasko

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School of Journalism & Communication

238 Allen Hall

Research Statement

The aim of my research is to provide a more complete understanding of the media through a political economic analysis. This approach challenges established assumptions and popular myths about the media, as well as promoting democratic and egalitarian media activities. For instance, the research on Disney has been intended to challenge various myths about Walt Disney and the Disney company through historical and political economic analysis, as well as by examining Disney texts and audiences.

Recent Citations – Publications – Professional Work

  • Handbook of Political Economy of Communications (edited with Graham Murdock and Helena Sousa), London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2011.
  • Cross-Border Cultural Production: Economic Runaway or Globalization?, Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2008.
  • The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (edited with Paul McDonald), London: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
  • Media in the Age of Marketization (edited with Graham Murdock), Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007.
  • A Companion to Television (editor) (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies Series), London: Blackwell Publishers, 2005.
  • How Hollywood Works, London: Sage Publications, 2003.
  • Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project (edited with Mark Phillips and Eileen Meehan), London: Leicester University Press/Continuum, 2001.
  • Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy, Cambridge: Polity Press/Basil Blackwell, 2001.


  • J646 "Political Economy of Media" (graduate and undergraduate)
  • J612 "Media Theory"
  • J412 "Understanding Disney"
  • J412 "U.S. Film Industry"