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Jennifer L. Gillan

Professor, English and Media Studies
Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
BA, Georgetown University
Office: Adamian Academic Center 093 | 781.891._2816 | jgillan@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Primary research and teaching interests include TV and Cinema Studies, Media Industries and Audiences, American Literature and Film, cultural studies, women's studies, and critical theories of race and ethnicity. Authored Television & New Media: Must-Click TV (Routldge 2010). Coedited four award-winning anthologies, Unsettling America, Growing Up Ethnic in America, and Identity Lessons (Penguin) and Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers). Wrote several articles on film spectatorship theory, consumer culture, ethnicity, and American literature in journals, including American Literature, Cinema Journal, American Drama, Mosaic, African American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Arizona Quarterly. Coauthored media and gender studies law reviews for Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law and Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. Currently, analyzing the television industry in relation to citizenship, web and fan address, and production cultures. Completing a second Television Studies book, with related articles appearing in anthologies, including Understanding Reality TV (Routledge, 2004), The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation (Palgrave 2006), Realties Remodeled: Reading Contemporary Television (I.B. Tauris, 2007), Critical Approaches to Mad Men (McFarland 2011),Teen Television: Essays on Programming & Fandom (McFarland 2008), and Grace Under Pressure: Greys Anatomy Uncovered (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Teaching Interests

Media Industries Critical Television Studies & Audience Studies Hollywood Film & Trailers American Literary and Cultural Studies Gender Studies Ethnicity & Diversity Native American Studies

Research Interests

Television & New Media Industries Film and Media Studies; Spectatorship and Fan Studies; American Literary and Cultural Studies; Gender Studies; Comparative Ethnicity Studies; Native American Studies

Awards and Honors

2016, International Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Univeristy of Warwick
2015, Recommended Title, Television Brandcasting, Choice
2015, Outsanding Scholarly Achievement, Bentley University
2011, Excellence in Scholarship Award, Bentley University
2010, Faculty Seminar Fellow, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
2009, Faculty Fellow for 2008-9, Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences
2009, Bentley Publication Awards, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Bentley University
2009, Faculty Fellow, Disney Impact Summit , Walt Disney Company
2004, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award for Italian American Writers on New Jersey
2003, Commendation/Subvention, National Italian American Heritage Inst. for Italian American Writers on NJ (Rutgers 2003)
2000, New York Public Library's Year 2000 Books, Awarded to Identity Lessons
1999, American Library Association, Outstanding Book Selection, awarded to Unsettling America
1999, Booklist, 1999 Outstanding Books Award for Growing Up Ethnic in America
1997, Rauch Grant, for Creation of American Frontier Fictions Course with visual component

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Gillan, J. Twin Peaks and Serial Monogamy. Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives (Dec 2016). Forthcoming

Gillan, J. L. (2010). Double Heart. Paterson Literary Review, 38.

Gillan, J. L., Ponte, L. (2007). Gender Performance Over Job Performance: Body Art Work Rules and the Continuing Subordination of the Feminine. Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.

Gillan, J. L. (2005). Exit Strategy. Louisiana Literature, 22 (2).

Ponte, L., Gillan, J. L. (2005). From Our Family to Yours: Rethinking the 'Beneficial Family' and Marriage-centric Corporate Benefit Programs. Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law, A Columbia Law Review, 1-85.

Gillan, J. L. (2002). Plotting Political Personhood: Literary Self-making and Contract-breaking. MOSAIC, 35 (3).

Gillan, J. L. (2002). Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye. African American Review, 36 (2).

Gillan, J. L. (2001). 'No one knows you're black!' Schepisi's Six Degrees of Separation and the Buddy Formula. Cinema Journal, 40 (3).

Gillan, J. L. (2000). Staging a Staged Crisis in Masculinity: Race and Manhood in Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. American Drama, 9 (2).

Gillan, J. L. (2000). Restoring the Flow: Comic Circulation in Gerald Vizenor's Fiction. North Dakota Quarterly, 64 (3-4).

Rossiter, C., Mazziotti Gillan, M., Gillan, J. L. (1999). A Guide to Contemporary Multicultural North American Poetry for Poetry Therapy. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 13 (2).

Gillan, J. L. (1998). The Hazards of Osage Fortunes: Gender and the Rhetoric of Compensation in Federal Policy and American Indian Fiction. Arizona Quarterly, 54 (3).

Gillan, J. L. (1996). Reservation Home-Movies: Sherman Alexie's Poetry. American Literature, 68 (1).

Books
Gillan, J. L. (2015). Television Brandcasting. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gillan, J. L. (2010). Television and New Media: Must-Click TV. New York and London: Routledge.

Gillan, J. L, Mazziotti Gillan, M, Giunta, E. (2003). Italian American Writers on New Jersey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Gillan, J. L, Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1999). Growing Up Ethnic in America. New York: Penguin Books.

Gillan, J. L, Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1999). Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning To Be An American. New York: Penguin Books.

Gillan, J. L, Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1994). Unsettling America: A Multicultural Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. New York: Viking Penguin Books.

Book Chapters
Gillan, J. L. Focusing in the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye. In Harold Bloom (Eds.), Contemporary Literary Criticism. Reference Library Collection & Online: . Gale Group

Gillan, J. L. Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye. Contemporary Literary Criticism

Gillan, J. Remembering TV on DVD. In Jonathan Wroot (Eds.), Cult Media: Repackaged, Re-released, Restored. London: . Palgrave

Gillan, J. L. (2011). Kodak, Jack, and Coke: Advertising and Mad-vertising on Mad Men. In Stoddart, Scott (Eds.), Analyzing Mad Men:Critical Essays on the Television Series. Jefferson, NC and London: . McFarland

Gillan, J. L. (2011). Reservation Home Movies: Sherman Alexie's Poetry. In Leon Lewis (Eds.), Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press/EBSCO

Gillan, J. L. (2010). Navigating North Jersey by CPS (Class Positioning System). In M. L. Liebler (Eds.), Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams (pp. 455-461). Mineeapolis, MN: . Coffee House Press

Gillan, J. L. (2008). On the Job 24/7: The Writers' Blogs and Message Boards @abc.com. In Robson, Hillary and Burkhead, Cynthia (Eds.), Grace Under Pressure: Grey's Anatomy Uncovered. Cambridge (UK): . Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Gillan, J. L. (2008). Fashion Sleuths & Aerie Girls: Veronica Mars' Fan Forums and Network Strategies of Fan Address. In Ross, Sharon and Stein, Louisa(eds) (Eds.), Teen Television: Essays on Programming and Fandom (pp. 185-206). Jefferson, NC and London: . McFarland

Gillan, J. L. (2007). Spotlight: Two Daughters, One Voice. In Dougherty, Sean Thomas (Eds.), Italian American Writers Series. Toronto: . Guernica

Gillan, J. L. (2007). Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye. In Bloom, Harold (Eds.), Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. New York: . Chelsea House Press

Gillan, J. L. (2007). Dressing Down: The Chaotic Camcorder Makeover of a Pop Star and a Popular Genre . Makeover Television: Realities Remodeled (pp. 79-94). London: . I.B. Tauris

Gillan, J. L. (2006). Extreme Makeover: Homeland Security Edition. In Heller, Dana (Eds.), The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation (pp. 193-209). New York: . Palgrave Macmillan

Gillan, J. L. (2004). From Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne: The Genesis and Development of the Reality (Star) Sitcom. In Holmes, Su and Jermyn, Deborah (Eds.), Understanding Reality Television (pp. 54-70). London: . Routledge

Gillan, J. L. (2003). Third Generation Hawthorne: A Memoir. In Gillan, Jennifer, Gillan, Maria Mazziotti, Giunta, Edvige (Eds.), Italian American Writers on New Jersey. New Brunswick, NJ: . Rutgers University Press

Gillan, J. L. (2002). Staging a Staged Crisis in Masculinity: Race and Manhood in Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. The Best of American Drama. Cincinnati:

Gillan, J. L. (2002). Sherman Alexie's Poetry: Reservation Home-Movies. . New York: . Gale Group

Gillan, J. L. (1999). Introduction: Identity Lessons. In Gillan, Jennifer, Mazziotti Gillan, Maria (Eds.), Identity Lessons. New York: . Penguin

Gillan, J. L. (1999). Introduction: Growing Up Ethnic in America. In Gillan, Jennifer, Mazziotti Gillan, Maria (Eds.), Growing Up Ethnic in America. New York: . Penguin

Gillan, J. L. (1996). Relocating Home and Identity in Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. In Wiley, Catherine, Barnes, Fiona (Eds.), Home-making: The Poetics and Politics of Home. New York: . Garland

Book Reviews
Gillan, J. (2015). [Review of the book Review of Savage Preservation: The Ethnographic Origins of Modern Media Technologies]. MELUS.

Gillan, J. L. (2013). [Review of the book Review Essay on Transmedia Television]. Cinema Journal.

Gillan, J. L. (2001). [Review of the book Review Essay on Night Bloom: A Memoir]. MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Conference Paper(s)
Gillan, J. L. (2010). The State of U.S. Network Television. University of Texas, Austin's Dept. of Radio and Television, FLOW-TV Conference.

Conference Presentations

Gillan, J. L. (2016). "Disney and American Culture." Presented at the Phi Alpha Theta's National History Honor Society Biennial Convention, Orlando, FL.

Gillan, J. L. (2015). "From Sony to Shout! Factory: Distributing Classic TV on DVD." Presented at the University of Worcester (UK)'s Home Media Renaissance: Distributors, Discs, & Disciples, Worcester, UK.

Gillan, J. L. (2015). "Creative Differences: Set Design, Creative Control, & Exhibition in David Lynch and Bryan Fuller." Presented at the University of Salford (UK)'s The State of Serial TV Conference: TwinPeaks @25, BBC's Media City, UK..

Gillan, J. L. (2014). "Multitasking Paratexts: The Emergence of New Industry Sectors & Hybrid Forms." Presented at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, Seattle, WA.

Gillan, J. L. (2013). "Sustainable Television." Presented at the Free University, Berlin's Collaborative Research Centre , Berlin, Germany .

Gillan, J. L. (2013). "Following Television." Presented at the University of Regensburg and Utrecht University 's Das Ist Fersehen! , Regensburg, Germany.

Gillan, J. L. (2013). "Short-form and Short-term Brandcasting: 1950s and Now." Presented at the University of Bologna's Media Mutations; Ephemeral Media, Bologna, Italy.

Gillan, J. L. (2013). "Must-Click TV." Presented at the Collaborative Research Centre, Free University, Berlin's Seminar, Berlin, Germany .

Gillan, J. L. (2012). "Television's Friend Economy: The Value of Social Interactivity at Disney-ABC Television." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, MA.

Gillan, J. L. (2011). ""Sync in Progress: Disney/ABC Transmedia Marketing and Audience Address""." Presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MiT7: Media in Transition 7: Unstable Platforms, Cambridge, Ma.

Gillan, J. L. (2011). "Protect This Mouse! Company Voice Advertising on Disney and NBC." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans.

Gillan, J. L. (2010). "The State of U.S. Network Television." Presented at the University of Texas, Austin's Dept. of Radio and Television's FLOW-TV Conference, Austin, Texas.

Gillan, J. L. (2010). "The Global Circulation of U.S. Television: Flow Meets Global Flows." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Los Angeles, CA.

Gillan, J. L. (2009). "Representing NBC's Television City: Media Conglomeration Meets Art Deco New York." Presented at the European Television Studies Television Cities, University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Gillan, J. L. (2008). "Flow 2.0 Roundtable Panelist." Presented at the Flow 2.0, Austin, TX.

Gillan, J. L. (2008). "The TV Franchise in the Website Windows: The Architecture of Network TV Programming in the Media Conglomerate Era." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

Gillan, J. L. (2008). "Must-Click TV: New Media Practices, Metrics, and Intermedial Strategies of US Networks." Presented at the Television Without Borders: Global TV Conference, Reading, UK.

Gillan, J. L. (2007). "Hybrid TV: Overflow from Netlets to Networks." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago.

Gillan, J. L., Miller, T., Spigel, L., Becker, R. (2006). ""The Great American Makeover" Panel." Presented at the American Studies Association, Oakland, CA.

Gillan, J. L., Ponte, L. (2006). "Gender Performance Over Job Performance?" Presented at the Duke University Law School, Makeup Identity Performance and Discrimmination Symposium, Duke University Law School.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2006). "Featured Reader and Presenter--Creative Non-Fiction Writer and Anthology Editor."

Gillan, J. L. (2006). "Support Our Troops, Docusoap Style." Presented at the Film & History League Conference, Dallas, TX.

Gillan, J. L. (2006). "National Trauma and Recovery in Extreme Makeover Home Edition." Presented at the Literature & Film Conference, Tallahassee, FL.

Gillan, J. L. (2006). "Still Living in Sitcom Nation? Literary & Cultural Representations of Television Flow" Presented at the MELUS: Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Boca Raton, FL.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2003). "Interview on WPAT-New York (on all 3 anthologies: Growing Up Ethnic in America, Identity Lessons, and Unsettling America)."

Gillan, J. L. (2003). "From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Development of the Reality (Star) Sitcom." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Minneapolis.

Gillan, J. L. (2003). "The Filipino Rita Hayworth: Imported and Indigenous Homeplaces." Presented at the The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Boca Raton, Florida.

Gillan, J. L. (2002). "The Sopranos in Pleasantville: Responses to TVLand's Nostalgic Family Marathons." Presented at the Society for Cinema Studies Annual Conference, Denver.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2002). "Keynote Address: Exploring Ethnic Diversity Through Literature." Presented at the University of Pittsburgh/ Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Studies Center Conference, University of Pittsburgh.

Gillan, J. L. (2001). "Reading & Resistance in American Literature (Teaching Multi Ethnic Literatures Panel)." Presented at the Modern Language Association, New Orleans.

Gillan, J. L. (2001). "Do the Andersons Know Best? Are the Hollisters So Happy? The Ideal Family and the Ethnic American Reader" Presented at the Northeast Popular Culture Association, New Haven.

Gillan, J. L. (2001). "All That The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit Allows: Spectatorship and the Unsuitable American in 50s Film." Presented at the Society for Cinema Studies Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2000). "Featured Guest, Jersey's Talkin' with host Lee Leonard on TV-12, New Jersey. An interview about Growing Up Ethnic in America and Identity Lessons."

Gillan, J. L. (2000). "Identity as Desire (Casa Italiana Writer's Rountable, Maria Laurino's Were You Always an Italian)."

Gillan, J. L. (2000). "White City, Cultural Mask: Monolithic Fairs and Multifaceted Identification in Maso's Ghost Dance." Presented at the The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, New Orleans.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2000). "Voice of America radio interview about Growing Up Ethnic in America and Identity Lessons."

Gillan, J. L. (1999). "Broad Shouldered Blueprints for Cooperative Cities: Wright's and Gilman's Utopias." Presented at the A Millennium of Utopias Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1999). "Identity Lessons: Reinventing the Multicultural Anthology (Invited Author Presentation)." Presented at the NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English, Denver.

Gillan, J. L. (1999). "If we forgive our fathers what is left? Traumas of Citizenship and Spectatorship in Alexie and Morrison" Presented at the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Nashville.

Gillan, J. L. (1997). "Border Perceptions: Reading U.S. Intervention in Roosevelt and Hagedorn." Presented at the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Social Imagery, University of Southern Colorado.

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1994). "Discussion on Inside New Jersey, PBS, about Unsettling America and American Culture."

Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1994). "Interview on State of the Arts, PBS-13, about Unsettling America and Contemporary American Poetry."

Service

Department Service
Coordinator of Lecturers Evaluation Procedures , 2014
Course Coordinator for EMS Coordinator for Creative Industries (CR) major, 2014 - Present
Committee Member for MC Commitee, 2014 - Present
Only member, 2015 - 2016
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee, 2015 - 2015
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee, 2015 - 2015
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2015 - 2015
Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2015 - 2015
Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2001 - 2015
EMS Peer Eval Committee, Class Visitor (1 Tenure Track Faculty), 2015 - 2015
Class Visitor for Lecturer, 2015 - 2015
only member, 2015 - 2015
Other for EMS, ALI Review Coordinator, MC Major, 2014 - 2015
Committee Member for EMS Grants Subcommitee, 2014 - 2015
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Commitee Class Visitor/, 2014 - 2014
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee, 2014 - 2014
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evalution Committee Class Visitor/, 2014 - 2014
Tenure and Promotion Letter Drafting, 2014 - 2014
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor, 2014 - 2014
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peeer Review Class Visitor/ - 2014
Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evalution Commitee, Principal Advisor, 2013 - 2014
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor, 2013 - 2013
Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2013 - 2013
Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Principal Evaluator for Tenure-Track Faculty Member, 2013 - 2013
Committee Chair for EMS, ALI Review Coordinator, MC Major, 2013 - 2013
Committee Member for Media and Culture Committee, Member, 2012 - 2013
Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Comittee, 2012 - 2013
Department Major Representative, 2013 - 2013
Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor, 2013 - 2013
Class Visitor, Tenure Track faculty member - 2013
EMS Principal Evaluator for Tenure-Track Faculty Member, 2012 - 2012
Committee Chair for EMS ALI Review Coordination (with W. Davi), 2010 - 2012
EMS Open House, Representative, 2012 - 2012
Bentley Open House, MC Major Representative, 2012 - 2012
Recommendation Letter, Sabbatical Application, 2012 - 2012
Committee Chair for Media & Culture Major Committee Chair, 2006 - 2012
EMS Open House, Media Labs, 2012 - 2012
Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2011 - 2011
Committee Chair for Search Committee (with W. Davi), 2010 - 2011
Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee, 2002 - 2011
Committee Chair for EQUIS Review Co-coordinator (with W. Davi), 2010 - 2011

University Service
Co-chairs and only 2 members for Research Council Subcommittee: Center for Women & Business, 2015
Committee Member for Research Council, 2014 - Present
Other for Representative CR Major at EMS Table, Open House for Accepted Students, 2015 - 2015
co-coordinator with Wiley Davi on the EMS department major assessment for the assurance of learning initiative for Assurance of Learning Initiative - 2014
Other for Majors and Minors Fair, CR Representative - 2014
Fall Open House, CR Major representative, 2014 - 2014
One of the EMS representatives, Spring & Fall for Open House - 2013
co-coordinator with Wiley Davi on the MC major part of EQUIS review report for EQUIS, 2010 - 2011

Professional Service
Dissertation: Outside Reader for Konstanz University - 2013
Reviewer, Book for Routledge Press, 2012 - 2013
Aesthetic Experience & the Dissolution of Artistic Limits Seminar for Graduate Seminar, Free University of Berlin, 2013 - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Popular Television - 2013
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Endowment for the Humanities - 2013
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, 2013 - 2013
manuscript reviewer for Routledge Press, 2011 - 2011