Gary Edgerton

Gary Edgerton

Formal First Name

Gary Edgerton is Professor of Creative Media and Entertainment at Butler University. He was previously an eminent scholar, professor, and chair of the Communication and Theater Arts Department at Old Dominion University, where he spent 18 years overseeing degree programs in communication, theater and dance. He has published twelve books and more than eighty-five essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias. He also coedits the Journal of Popular Film and Television, is associate editor of the Journal of American Culture, and an editorial board member of five other academic journals. He has also delivered more than one hundred scholarly presentations at various international, national, and regional conferences. In addition, Dr. Edgerton is the Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television and an editorial board member of seven other scholarly journals.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Over the years, Gary has been recognized with three teaching awards.

  • He became the first permanent dean of Butler’s College of Communication in July 2012.


  • The Sopranos (TV Milestones Series) (2013)

  • Westerns: The Essential Journal of Popular Film and Television Collection (2012)

  • Mad Men: Dream Come True TV (2011)

  • The Essential HBO Reader (2009)

  • The Columbia History of American Television (2007)

  • Thinking Outside the Box (2005)

  • Ken Burn's America (2001)

  • Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age (2001)

  • In the Eye of the Beholder: Critical Perspectives in Popular Film and Television (1997)

  • Film and the Arts in Symbiosis: A Resource Guide (1988)

  • American Exhibition: An Analysis of the Motion Picture Industry's Market Structure (1962 - 1980)


  • Distinguished Scholarly Career 2011, Old Dominion University

  • American Culture Association Governing Board Award 2004

  • Charles O. and Elizabeth C. Burgess Award 2003, Old Dominion University

  • Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities 1989, Goucher College


  • He is a contributor to regional newspapers such as Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and Los Angeles Times.

  • He appeared in numerous interviews on national and local TV and radio programs, including Marketplace (American Public Media), BBC Radio 5, CBC Radio Network, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and Morning Edition (NPR), among other media outlets.

  • He also averages two-dozen commentaries per year since 1990 across a wide variety of media subjects in magazines such as Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Variety.

  • His commentaries also appear in international magazines and newspapers such as El País (Madrid), The Guardian (Manchester, U.K.), Télérama (Paris).