Award Winning Books: Mass Media and Communications

All Talk

The Talkshow in Media Culture

Wayne Munson

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1994

The postmodern phenomenon of the talkshow and its place in American culture

288 pages | 6 x 9

Consuming Catastrophe

Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster

Timothy Recuber

American Sociological Association's Sociology of Emotions Section award for Recent Contribution Award, 2018

Examines the media’s coverage of four American disasters, arguing that media attention directs our concern for the suffering of others toward efforts to soothe our own emotional turmoil

228 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 5 tables


Dark Days in the Newsroom

McCarthyism Aimed at the Press

Edward Alwood

Winner of the 2008 national Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Named 2008 Best Book of the Year: Adult Non-Fiction by the Connecticut Press Club

Shines a new light on a dark era in American journalism

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Eternal Present of Sport

Rethinking Sport and Religion

Daniel A. Grano

2018 Outstanding Book of the Year Award, National Communication Association's Communication and Sport Division

Rethinking the changes surrounding religion and elite sport cultures

282 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 halftone



The Video Data Bank Catalog of Video Art and Artist Interviews

Edited by Kate Horsfield and Lucas Hilderbrand

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2006

Historic documentation of the development of art-based, activist, and alternative media in the U.S.

360 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 325 halftones


Growing Up with Television

Everyday Learning Among Young Adolescents

JoEllen Fisherkeller

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002

A powerful interdisciplinary book on how young adults watch—and learn from—television

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 tables


On the Stump

Campaign Oratory and Democracy in the United States, Britain, and Australia

Sean Scalmer

New South Wales Premier's History Award in General History, 2018

The story of how the “stump speech” was created, diffused, and helped to shape the modern democracies of the Anglo-American world

232 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 halftones


Painting Publics

Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter

Caitlin Frances Bruce

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Book Award, 2019

Argues that public art generates spaces for encounter as well as places and moments that can reenergize the felt sense of possibility in urban spaces

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 54 color photos


Race Appeal

How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns

Charlton D McIlwain, and Stephen M. Caliendo

Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association, 2012
Selected as “‘The Best of the Best’ from the University Presses” Books For Public and High School Libraries” for the ALA Annual Conference, 2012

Why, when, and how often candidates use race appeals, and how the electorate responds

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 38 tables, 23 halftones


Rebuilding the News

Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

C.W. Anderson

International Communications Association Journalism Studies Division Book Award, 2017

An inside account of dramatic changes in journalism at a large metropolitan newspaper.

236 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 2 figures,16 halftones


Religion and Political Tolerance in America

Advances in the State of the Art

Edited by Paul A. Djupe

Paul Djupe, recipient of the 2021 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award, American Political Science Association

Cutting-edge scholarship that sets the agenda for research on religion and political tolerance

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 tables, 18 figures


Reverse Engineering Social Media

Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism

Robert Gehl

Nancy Baym Book Award, Association of Internet Researchers, 2015

Revealing the underside of our technology-laden world

236 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Rubble Films

German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Robert R Shandley

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002

An insightful analysis of German film in the immediate postwar era

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 halftones



Toby Miller

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002

How people perform their sexual identities as athletes and spectators

192 pages | 6 x 9


Voice Over

The Making of Black Radio

William Barlow

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1999

The whole story of the making of Black radio

334 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 halftones


The White Savior Film

Content, Critics, and Consumption

Matthew Hughey

Southwest Sociological Association Outstanding Publication Award, 2016

Surveying the prevalence and popularity of films in which heroic white characters uplift racial others

230 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 tables, 2 figs.