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Tim Havens
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Secretary, 2018-2019

Biography: Tim Havens is Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa, and hold affiliated appointments in African American Studies and International Studies. Tim came to the University of Iowa in 2003 and teaches courses in television criticism, media industries, African American media studies, media globalization, and media production.


The University of Iowa

105 Becker Communication Studies Building

25 South Madison St.

Iowa City, IA 52242-1498

Phone: (319) 335-0580



PhD, Mass Communication, Indiana University (2000)
MFA, Creative Writing, George Mason University (1994)
BA, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990)

Research Interests: How institutional and economic forces shape popular representations, especially of racial and ethnic minorities; how industry discourse influences the contents of—and markets for—entertainment television, including forces that produce, maintain, and change industry knowledge.


Selected Publications:

Havens, Timothy and Amanda Lotz (2016) Understanding Media Industries, Vol. 2. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Havens, Timothy (2013) Black Television Travels: African American Media Around the Globe. NYU Press.

Havens, Timothy, Aniko Imre, and Katalin Lustyik, ed. (2012) Popular Television in Socialist and Post-Socialist Europe. Routledge.

*Havens, Timothy (2006) Global Television Marketplace. London: British Film Institute Press.

Havens, Timothy (2014) “Media Programming in an Era of Big Data,” Media Industries Journal 1 (2).

Havens, Timothy and Aniko Imre (2012) “Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism,” introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Popular Film & Television on popular television in Central & Eastern Europe.

Havens, Timothy, Amanda Lotz and Serra Tinic. (2009) “Critical Media Industry Studies: A Research Approach.” Communication, Culture, Critique 2 (2), 234-253.

Other activities:

Editorial board member, Media Industries Journal, 2013-2018.

Editorial board member, Journal of Communication (2014-2018)
Chair, Television Studies SIG, 2006-2009.
Fulbright Scholar, Hungary, 2002.


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