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Aniko Bodroghkozy

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Media Studies
Office location and address
221 Wilson Hall
115 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Aniko Bodroghkozy came to UVA in 2001 as one of the founding faculty members of the Media Studies Program.  Before coming to Virginia, she taught for five years as an assistant professor in the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Alberta. She has served Media Studies as Interim Director from 2004 to 2006 and as Director of Undergraduate Programs from 2007 to 2012. Currently she is Director of the Distinguished Majors Program. 

Prof. Bodroghkozy received her Ph.D in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Communication Arts where she worked with John Fiske and Lynn Spigel. She received a Masters degree in Film from Columbia University in New York, and a BA with High Honours from the Department of Film Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Professor Bodroghkozy is a media historian with a particular focus on American television, the social change movements of the 1960s, media audiences and reception practices in historical context, and the development of television journalism in the 1960s.  Her most recent book, Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement, was published in 2012 by the University of Illinois Press.  Her previous book, Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion, was published by Duke University Press in 2001. At the moment she is pursuing two book projects: a major edited volume for Wiley-Blackwell, A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting and single author book tentatively titled Black Weekend: Television News and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.  She has published numerous articles on American cinema and television and the social change movements of the postwar era. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Cinema Journal, Screen, Television and New Media, and the online TV Studies journal Flow. Her work has also been frequently reprinted and anthologized in volumes such as Television: The Critical View, Hop on Pop: The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Culture, Critiquing the Sitcom, and in Wiley-Blackwell’s series on U.S. presidents, A Companion to John F. Kennedy. She teaches American broadcasting history, media theory and criticism, media history, along with topics courses such media in the Kennedy era, and media and the civil rights movement.

MDST 3000: Theory and Criticism of Media
Credits: 3
This course introduces students at the beginning of the major to theoretical and critical literature in the field. Topics range from the psychological and sociological experience of media, interpretation and analysis of media forms and aesthetics, theories of audience and reception, anthropological approaches to media as a cultural force, and contemporary theories of media from humanities and social sciences perspectives. The goal of the course is to provide a foundation for thinking critically about media and to give them a sense of media studies as a critical and theoretical field. Restricted to Media Studies majors.
MDST 3050: History of Media
Credits: 3
This is a survey, lecture-format, course on the history of media forms, institutions, and technology from the origins of writing, invention of print technology, through the development of digital media. Attention to the specific characteristics of individual media, the changing role of media as a force in culture, and the continually transforming institutions and business of media will all be touched on. The role of media forms in the creation of public discourse and the social controls on media through censorship, legal constraints, and economic policies will also be examined, largely from within the context of the United States. Students will create a case study of a media work or artifact from a historical perspective.
MDST 3106: History of American Radio and Television
Credits: 3
This course examines U.S. broadcasting in historical perspective, not only as an industry, but as a vital component of American culture and everyday life. We will examine the technological, social, political, industrial and cultural forces influencing the development of broadcast media and we will link these forces to the programs created and the audiences served. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 and restricted to Media Studies Majors and Minors
MDST 3559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 3903: Media and Protest: The 1960s
Credits: 3
Explores the protest movements of the 1960s through the lens of media coverage in the mainstream press of the day -- newspapers, general interest newsmagazines, photojournalism, television, popular culture, as well as the Movement's own underground press. Purpose is to understand a fascinating and often misunderstood moment in American history but also to investigate what that period can tell us about our current moment of protest and activism.
MDST 4106: Media and the Kennedy Era
Credits: 3
This course examines mass media 'network television, journalism, advertising, cinema' both during the Kennedy years and after to explore the impact, ideas, ideals, and iconography of this presidency. Prerequisites: MDST 2000 or permission of instructor
MDST 4109: Civil Rights Movement and the Media
Credits: 3
Course examines the crucial relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and mass media from 1950s through early 1970s, looking at a variety of media forms: Hollywood cinema, network television, mainstream newspapers, photojournalism, the black press, and news as primary documents that can tell us something about American race relations during this period and how the nation responded to challenges posed by a powerful social change movement. Prerequisite: Students should have completed either MDST 2000 Introduction to Media Studies or AMST 2001 Formations of American Cultural Studies.