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Ph.D. 1982, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fred Fejes teaches in the Multimedia Journalism sequence of the degree program in Multimedia Studies. His research and publications include international communication, mass communication theory, new communication technologies, media effects, and sexuality and the media. Among his publications are the single authored books Imperialism, Media and the Good Neighbor: New Deal Foreign Policy and United States Shortwave Broadcasting to Latin America and Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality, as well as the collection The Ideology of the Information Age co-edited with Jennifer Daryl Slack. Among his articles are "Murder, Perversion and Moral Panic: The 1954 Media Campaign Against Miami's Homosexuals and the Discourse of Civic Betterment" ( The Journal of the History of Sexuality); "Invisibility, Homophobia, Heterosexism: Lesbians, Gays and the Media," with Kevin Petrich ( Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Recipient of the 1994 Outstanding Published Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender); "Critical Mass Communication Research and Media Effects: The Problem of the Disappearing Audience" ( Mass Communication Review Yearbook); and "Media Imperialism: An Assessment" ( Media, Culture and Society). His current research interest is the intersection of media studies, history and cultural geography, and he is working on a study of the development of the place image of Florida as the "Sunshine State." He teaches courses in media studies.