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Mimi White

Mimi White

Mimi White studies and teaches film, television, and media culture with emphases on critical-cultural theory, gender, and history. She is the author of Tele-Advising: Therapeutic Discourse in American Television (1992), co-author of Media Knowledge: Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Critical Citizenship (1992), and co-editor of Questions of Method in Cultural Studies (2006). She has published on such topics as historical narrative in film and television, American film in 1970, 1980s woman’s films, television flow, liveness, feminist video art, and serial melodrama; she has written about a wide range of television programs including Cheaters, Barry Chappell’s Fine Art Showcase, House Hunters, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, I’ll Fly Away, Frank’s Place, and Mad Men. This work has appeared in edited book collections and in such journals as European Journal of Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, The Communication Review, Film and History, Cinema Journal, Screen, and Camera Obscura. Her current research on HGTV looks at the cable channel as an example of early 21st century television.

White has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center, Brown University; a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Communications, Helsinki University; a visiting professor at Jyväskylä University; and held the Bicentennial Fulbright Chair at Helsinki University. She has delivered keynotes and workshops internationally, including at Cornell University, University of Amsterdam, University of Oslo, and Brown University.


PhDCommunication Studies, University of Iowa
MACommunication Studies, University of Iowa
BAHistory, Brown University

Recent Publications

“Mad Women.” In Mad Men: Dream Come True TV. Ed. Gary R. Edgerton. London: I.B. Taurus, 2011, 147-158.

“1970: Movies and the Movement.” In American Cinema in the 1970s: Themes and Variations. Ed. Lester Friedman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

Questions of Method in Cultural Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. Co-edited with James Schwoch.

“Investigating Cheaters.” The Communication Review, 9: 3 (2006), pp. 221-240.

“The Attractions of Television: Reconsidering Liveness.” In Mediaspace: Place, Scale, and Culture in a Media Age. Eds. Nick Couldry and Anna McCarthy. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 75-91. 2004.


Film, Media, and Gender
Reality Television
Film History
Television Theory
Textual Analysis
Feminist Theory and Popular Culture
Nostalgia and Popular Culture
Historical Narrative in Film and Television