Philip Scepanski

Associate Professor of Media Arts


Philip Scepanski studies American television history and cultural theory. He has presented widely and published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to television studies, collective trauma, and humor.

Professor Scepanski's book, Tragedy Plus Time: National Trauma and Television Comedy (forthcoming 2021 from University of Texas Press), examines the way television's most irreverent programming responds to our most serious moments. In doing so, it examines issues like how the television industry avoids and uses controversy in the name of ratings and profits, the ways in which playful comedy impacts popular memory of and emotional engagement with real-world events, and how comedy polices the boundaries of in-group/out-group identity with relation to ethnicity, religion, and political identity.


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Academic School

School of Communication and the Arts


Lowell Thomas 243



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2393