Kenneth Harwood Dissertation Award



Kenneth Harwood Dissertation Award

The Kenneth Harwood Dissertation Award is an academic prize awarded each year by the Broadcast Education Association for the best doctoral dissertation in field of broadcasting and electronic media. The prize was established by Kenneth Harwood, Professor at the University of Houston and a former President of the BEA. The award offers $1,000 for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in broadcasting and electronic media. The award was established through gifts started by Professor Harwood and a donation from a friend of BEA.



2014 - Lauren Bratslavsky, University of Oregon; From ephemeral to legitimate: An inquiry into television's material traces in archival spaces, 1950s-1970s

2013 - Shane Tilton, Ohio University; "First year students in a foreign fabric: A triangulation study on Facebook as a method of coping/adjustment."

2012 - Beth C. Fratkin, University of Utah; "The Impact of Federal Communications Commission Practices on Communication Policy Making 2001-2004: An Investigation of the Policy Shift From Public Service Idealism to Market Forces Pragmatism"

2011 - Joy Chavez Mapaye, University of Alaska, Anchorage; “Viral Viewers: Examining Parasocial Interaction on Local TV News Web Sites”

2010 - Pamela Hill Nettleton, Marquette University; "Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity in 'Rescue Me,' 'Nip/Tuck,' 'The Shield,' 'Boston Legal' and 'Dexter.' "

2009 - Shawn VanCour, University of Wisconsin; "The Sounds of 'Radio': A Cultural History of Radio's Aesthetic Definition as a Broadcast Medium for Aural Communications in 1920s America."

2008 - Ronald J. “Noah” Arceneaux, University of Georgia; “Department Stores and the Origins of American Broadcasting, 1910–1931”

2007 - Mary McIlrath, University of California, Santa Barbara; "Children's cognitive processing of internet advertising"

2006 - Kevin D. Williams, University of Georgia; "How Violence and Frustration in Video Games Affect Aggression"

2004 - Tanja Estella Bosch, Ohio University; “Radio, community and identity in South Africa: A rhizomatic study of Bush Radio in Cape Town”

2003 - John Armstrong, University of California at Berkeley; "Localism, Community, and Commercial Television, 1948-1960: A Value Analysis."

2002 - Jacob J. Podber, Ohio University; "Radio’s Development in Rural America."

2001 - Paul Haridakis, Kent State University; "The Role of Motivation in Policy Considerations Addressing Television Violence"

2000 - Vic Costello, University of Tennessee; "Interactivity and the 'Cyber-Fan': An Exploration of Audience Involvement Within the Electronic Fan Culture of the Internet."

1999 - Matt Jackson, Indiana University; “Controlling Technology: Internet Service Providers and Copyright Liability.”

1997 - Patricia F. Phalen, Northwestern University; "Information and Markets and the Market for Information: An Analysis of the Market for Television Audiences"

1996 - Steven D. Classen, University of Wisconsin; "Broadcast Law and Segregation: A Social History of the WLBT-TV Case"

1994 -Michael Edward Lenert, The University of Texas; "The paradox of public: The public and the public interest in communication technology regulation in the United States, 1934 - 1988."