Jack Banks

Jack BanksJack Banks is an Associate Professor of Communication. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts and Sociology, and from University of Oregon with an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Telecommunication and Film. With his trademark Diet Coke in hand, he teaches courses in media, particularly popular culture, television production, and media criticism, and received the University award of Distinguished Teaching Humanist for 2004-2006.

Author of Monopoly Television: MTV’s Quest to Control the Music, published by Westview Press, Dr. Banks’ research interests focus on media ownership and its impact on how and what is presented in the media as well as on representations of race, class, sexuality, and gender in the media, especially on film and television. His current research project looks at the portrayal of sexuality in popular culture.

Dr. Banks served for four years as the Director of the Humanities Center on campus, orchestrating provocative and well-attended lecture series. Besides being a regular attendee at public lectures and teaching workshops, he is known to listen and dance to disco music and enjoys visiting Boston and New York City.

Email: jbanks@hartford.edu
Phone: (860) 768-5277
Office: Abrahms Building 110

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