Kathleen Collins
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Kathleen Collins is Professor in the Library and has been at John Jay since 2007. Previously, she was in the journalism field for a decade, working as an editorial researcher. She has written about television, media history and popular culture in both scholarly and popular publications. At the Lloyd Sealy Library, in addition to helping students to become effective learners, critical thinkers and researchers, she coordinates print and electronic reserves and is the  Graduate Studies librarian. She also teaches and mentors capstone students in the Honors program.

Scholarly Work

[These are selected publications. See full list on CV below.]


From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television. University Press of Mississippi, 2021. 

Dr. Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Watching What We Eat: A Cultural History of Television Cooking Shows. New York: Continuum, 2009.

Book chapters

"Comedian Hosts and the Demotic Turn."  In Llinares, D., Fox, N., Berry, R. (Eds.), Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

“The Rise of the ‘Foodie’ and the Role of Mass Media.” In Helstosky, C., Routledge History of Food. New York: Routledge, 2014.

“Citizen Bunker: Archie Bunker as Working-Class Icon.” In Booker, M.K., Blue Collar Pop Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Journal articles (refereed)

“Murrow and Friendly’s Small World: Public Service Broadcasting at the Crossroads.” Journal of Popular Film and Television, 40(1), 2012, 4-13.

“A Kitchen of One’s own: The Paradox of Dione Lucas.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, 27 (2 80), 2012, 1-23.

“The Trouble with Archie: Locating and Accessing Primary Sources for the Study of the 1970s U.S. Sitcom All in the Family.” Critical Studies in Television, 5(2), 2010, 118-132.

Digital and non-refereed media

Indoor Voices, co-producer and co-host of podcast featuring CUNY scholars, June 2017 to present.

“Realist in Residence: Finding My Inner Artist Via iTunes.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Chronicle Review), August 1, 2014, B20.

Goodbye to America’s Last Expert.The Awl. May 16, 2013.

There’s no such thing as crack pie babies.2 Bridges Review, Fall 2012, 89-92.

Book reviews

Review of We were feminists once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the buying and selling of a political movement by Andi Zeisler. Journal of Popular Culture, 50(2), 2017, 417–420.

Review of Television's moment: Sitcom audiences and the sixties cultural revolution by Christina von Hodenberg. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(2), 2016, 464-466.

Review of Branded women in U.S. television: When people become corporations by Peter Bjelskou. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(4), 2015, 1034-1036.

Review of Entertaining television:  The BBC and popular television culture in the 1950s by Su Holmes. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 2015, 510-12.

Review of How to watch television edited by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(1), 2014, 186-88.

Review of Radio utopia: Postwar audio documentary in the public interest by Matthew Ehrlich. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 89(2), 2012, 347-349.

Review of Television personalities: Stardom and the small screen by James Bennett. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 89(2), 2012, 352-354.

Review of Reclaiming fair use: How to put balance back in copyright by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 89(1), 2012, 160-162.

Encyclopedia articles

“Food TV.” In Albala, K., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2015.

“Television.” In Smith, A. F., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.