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Department Chair, Associate Professor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
Film and television studies, New media technologies, Gender and sexuality, Critical/cultural theory, HBO and cable television, HIV/AIDS media.
Courses Taught 
CMTM 468: Seminar in New Media
CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television (Reality Television)
CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television (HBO: TV History and Theory)
CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies
CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study
CMTM 380A: Television Genres
CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque
CMTM 377: Gender and Media
CMTM 373: World Cinema
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTC 300: Mediated Communication
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
Research Interests 
Dr. Shayne Pepper's research agenda is at the intersection of popular media, political activism, and public service. In particular, Dr. Pepper studies how film, television, and new media technologies are used to foster political activism and affect public policy with a focus on HBO's HIV/AIDS programming.
Education 

Ph.D. North Carolina State University (2011)

M.A. University of Iowa (2007)

B.A. University of New Orleans (2004)

Selected Publications 

Subscribing to Governmental Rationality: HBO and the AIDS Epidemic.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11.2 (June, 2014), 120-138.

"HBO and the Story of AIDS." Communication Currents 9.3 (June, 2014)

“Public Service Entertainment: HBO’s Interventions in Politics and Culture” in Media Interventions. Kevin Howley (ed). (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 127-142.

Beyond Netflix and TiVo: Rethinking HBO Through the Archive.” FlowTV.org, May 21, 2010

“Joanna Newsom Covers in the Blogosphere” in Visions of Joanna Newsom. Bradley W. Buchanan (ed). (Sacramento, CA: Roan Press, 2010).

Invisible Children and the Cyberactivist Spectator.” Nebula 6.4 (December, 2009), 40-55.

Background 

Before earning his Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media at North Carolina State University, Dr. Pepper earned an M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Drama & Communication from the University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Nebula, FlowTV, and Culture Machine. He has also contributed book chapters to several edited collections and is working on a book project on HBO’s HIV/AIDS programming.

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