Joy Elizabeth Hayes

Joy Elizabeth Hayes
Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, San Diego
135 Becker Communication Studies Building
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history of broadcasting, cultural studies

Joy studies the cultural history and theory of broadcasting in the United States and Mexico, and has published on radio and national identity in both countries.  She is currently Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Iowa (  Her research on Mexico explores the history and impact of community radio at the local, national and transnational levels, and theorizes community broadcasting as a transnational practice. Her recent work on U.S. radio offers a reinterpretation of the War of the Worlds broadcast and examines the performance of white, middle-class family life in the serial One Man’s Family.  Currently she is writing on the construction of the “radio body” in The Howard Stern Show, and researching radio’s role in New Deal cultural and social policy.

Her published works include Radio Nation:  Communication, Popular Culture and Nationalism in Mexico, 1920-1950 (2000, Univ. of Arizona Press) and articles in The Radio Journal, The Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Diálogos, and Cinema Journal. She has also published a co-edited collection, War of the Worlds to Social Media:  Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis (2013, Peter Lang) (

Her courses for undergraduates include Studying Communication: Methods, Networking America, Introduction to Latin American Studies, and Latin American Media. Her course offerings at the graduate level include the Cultural History of Radio, Social Change Media, and Theories of Mass Communication.