Deborah L. Jaramillo

Assistant Professor, Film & Television, College of Communication

Dr. Jaramillo is Assistant Professor of Film & Television. Her research focuses on the collision and coexistence of politics, culture and aesthetics in media (particularly in television). Her first book, Ugly War, Pretty Package: How CNN and Fox News Made the Invasion of Iraq High Concept (Indiana University Press, 2009), approaches cable news coverage from the perspective of film and television studies rather than journalism, and seeks to dispel the notion that the news is somehow divorced from the rest of television programming.

She has contributed chapters to Television: The Critical View, 7th edition and The Survival of Soap Opera: TV Daytime Drama’s Histories and Futures and has published articles inTelevision and New Media, Critical Studies in Television,and Journal of Communication Inquiry. Her most recent publications include “Narcocorridos and Newbie Drug Dealers: The Changing Image of Mexican Narcos on US Television” for Ethnic and Racial Studies, “AMC: Stumbling Toward a New Television Canon” for Television and New Media, and “9/11 as Real Estate Tragedy: Selling New York and the Future of the Financial District” for Critical Studies in Television: An International Journal of Television Studies. Her current book project focuses on the self-regulation of the television industry in the early 1950s.

A two-time Ford Fellow, Jaramillo sits on the board of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and the feminist media studies organization, Console-ing Passions, and is an active member of the Communication Research Center. In addition to being a scholar, she is an avid and unapologetic fan of television, film and video games.