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Media Studies Professor Heather Hendershot Is Named 2009 Guggenheim Fellow

--The City University of New York Tied with Princeton and Johns Hopkins
for First Place, Each with Six Recipients--


FLUSHING, NY, May 8, 2009—Heather Hendershot, a media studies professor at Queens College since 1997, has been recognized with a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Recipients are selected for either their “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

Hendershot will use the award to complete her book, What’s Fair on the Air? Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest (University of Chicago Press), which focuses on the explosion of right-wing programming on local television and radio stations after Barry Goldwater’s presidential defeat in 1964. It will touch on four influential conservative figures: wealthy entrepreneur and supporter of conservative broadcasting H.L. Hunt; political activist Dan Smoot; and fundamentalist Christian ministers Billy James Hargis and Carl McIntire.

“The Guggenheim Foundation has long supported both filmmakers and film studies scholars, and it is wonderful to see them also support work on television and radio history,” Hendershot says. 

Heather Hendershot
Heather Hendershot

Hendershot earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University, with a double major in French and Film Studies, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. In addition to being an associate professor in the Media Studies Department at Queens College, she is coordinator of the Film Studies Certificate program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Hendershot’s books include Saturday Morning Censors: Television Regulation Before the V-Chip and Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. She is the editor of Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics and Economics of America’s Only TV Channel for Kids and Cinema Journal. Hendershot has held fellowships at Vassar College, Princeton University and New York University.

The five other CUNY professors honored with Guggenheim fellowships are playwright Thomas Bradshaw (English, Medgar Evers College); Benjamin Carter Hett (history, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center); Jonathan H. Shannon (anthropology, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center); Victoria Sanford (anthropology, Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center); and Robert Courtney Smith (immigration studies, sociology and public affairs, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center).Guggenheim Fellowships are American grants that have been awarded annually since 1925 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.” United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died in 1922 at the age of seventeen. The foundation offers the fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

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