Elana Levine

Professor, Cinema, Media and Digital Studies Coordinator


PhD, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MA, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison
BA, English and Telecommunications, Indiana University

Courses Taught

  • ENGLISH 291 - Introduction to Television Studies
  • ENGLISH 393 - Entertainment Industries:
  • ENGLISH 395 - Feminist Media Criticism and Theory:
  • ENGLISH 690 - Seminar in Contemporary Cinema and Media:
  • ENGLISH 747 - Proseminar in Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
  • ENGLISH 876 - Seminar in Media Studies:

Research Interests

  • Television history, theory and criticism
  • Media convergence
  • Media production studies
  • Media audience studies
  • Gender, sexuality and media

Teaching Interests

  • Television history, theory, and criticism
  • Media analysis, history, and theory
  • Gender, sexuality, race, and class in media
  • Media industries
  • Cultural studies and cultural theory

Selected Publications

Levine, Elana. Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History. Duke University Press, 2020

Levine, Elana, editor. Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century. University of Illinois Press, 2015

Newman, Michael Z., and Levine, Elana H. Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status. Routledge, 2012

Levine, Elana. Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television. Duke University Press, 2007

Levine, Elana and Parks, Lisa, editors. Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Duke University Press, 2007