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Dr. Lauren Bratslavsky

Associate Professor
School of Communication
Fell Hall - FEL 451
Office Hours
T/Th 12:30-1:30 pm and by appointment
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Current Courses

240.002Introduction To Visual Communication

240.003Introduction To Visual Communication

400.027Independent Study

320.001Mass Media: Cultural Criticism And Problems

Teaching Interests & Areas

broadcast history, feminist media studies, television studies, visual communication, media literacy, visual literacy

Research Interests & Areas

historical and contemporary television, media archives, media ecology

Ph D

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR


University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Other Interdisciplinary Studies

Miami University
Oxford, OH

University Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Book, Chapter

Bratslavsky, L. 30 Rock and the satirical representation of the television industry. Janet Wasko (EDs), A companion to television, 2nd. Wiley (2020)
Real, M., & Bratslavsky, L. The Cosby Show, Race, and Masculinity. In Dalton, M. M., & Linder, L. R. (eds.) The sitcom reader: America viewed and skewed, 2nd Edition. NYU Press (2016)
Bratslavsky, L. (2019). Negotiating neoliberal intersectional identity in NBC’s Superstore. In Marian J. Meyers (Ed.), Neoliberalism, social class and the media (pp. 209-228). NY: Routledge.

Journal Article

Bratslavsky, Lauren. "Broadcast History Gaps When Archival Material Exists: Inserting Peg Lynch and Ethel and Albert into Sitcom History." Journal of 20th Century Media History 1, 1 (2023): 46-72.
Bratslavsky, L., Carpenter, N., & Zompetti, J. Twitter, Incivility, and Presidential Communication: A Theoretical Incursion into Spectacle and Power. Cultural Studies (2019)
Zompetti, J., & Bratslavsky, L. A Historical Tracing of (In)Civility in American Presidential Rhetoric. Northwest Journal of Communication (2019)
Bratslavsky, L., & Wasko, J. What is Television? Special Issue. Journal of Communication Inquiry 36.4 (2012)
Bratslavsky, L. In Defense of the Crude: Why Bob’s Burgers Beats Out the Rest. MediaCommons: In Media Res. (2011)


Driving Las Vegas: News Coverage of Uber’s Clash with Unions in Sin City. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (2016)
Media Materiality and the Possibilities for a Medium to be Preserved in Archives. What is Media? Experience, Exploration, Emergence. (2016)
The Industry-Initiated TV Archive: A History of the Museum of Broadcasting. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. (2016)
How Television Entered Academic Archives in the ‘Golden Age’ of Collecting Popular Culture. International Association for Media and History. (2015)
Recovered Visual Records and Expanded Histories: How Ethel and Albert Broadens Sitcom History. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. (2015)
New Media’s Impact on the Social Television Experience: Community Responses to News Involving Cancellations and Firings. Broadcast Education Association. (2014)
Soft Hands and Soft Westerns: The True Stories of Death Valley Days, 1930-­‐72 Society. Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, WA. (2014)
The Archive and Disciplinary Formation: A Case Study. Defining Mass Communications International Communication Association. (2014)
The ‘New’ Sexualities of Women-Produced Sitcoms: Situating Today’s Texts in Industrial and Textual Histories. National Communication Association. (2014)
The Afterthought in the Archive: Tracing the Inclusion of Television in the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. (2013)

Grants & Contracts

Instructional Innovation Grant: SOC Book Club. Illinois State University, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology. Illinois State University. (2022)
University Teaching Grant: SOC EDI Learning Community Pilot. Illinois State University, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology. Illinois State University. (2022)