Travis Vogan

Travis Vogan
Associate Professor of American Studies
PhD Indiana University (2011, Communication and Culture)
E342 Adler Journalism Building
(319) 335-1370
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Sports media, media industries and institutions

My research and teaching focus on the intersections among sport, media, and U.S. culture.  I am particularly interested in television, media industries and institutions, documentary, and the relationship between commerce and cultural value.

I am the author of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media and ESPN: The Making of the Sports Media Empire.

My current book project, ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television, uses the American Broadcasting Company’s influential sports TV division to outline the development, politics, and transformation of sports television from the 1950s through the early 2000s.  It is under contract with the University of California Press.  

I have published articles in American Art, Convergence, Television & New Media, Popular CommunicationCommunication & SportJournal of Sport HistoryInternational Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Sports Media, Digital JournalismThe Moving Image, and various edited collections. 

Beyond my scholarship, I have served as a contributor to and source for national and global media outlets that include the New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, Washington Post, Wired, and Deadspin.

I am currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Sport History and co-editor of the University of Illinois Press book series Studies in Sports Media.

Courses in American Studies:

  • Sport and Media (SPST:3175)

  • Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication in Media Culture (SPST:4900/028:198)

  • Media, Sport, and Entertainment (Graduate Seminar)  

  • The Business of Sport Communication