Travis Vogan, Ph.D.
My research and teaching center on media, sport, and U.S. culture. I am most interested in film and television, media industries, documentary, and how understandings of “high” and “low” culture figure into these topics.
I devote most of my research energy to writing books like these:
- The Boxing Film: A Cultural and Transmedia History (Rutgers University Press)
- Sporting Realities: Critical Readings of the Sports Documentary (University of Nebraska Press). Co-edited with Samantha N. Sheppard
- ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television (University of California Press)
- ESPN: The Making of the Sports Media Empire (University of Illinois Press)
- Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media (University of Illinois Press)
My current book project, LeRoy Neiman: America’s Favorite and Most Hated Artist, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
Aside from the books, I have published in American Art, Film History, Television & New Media, Popular Communication, Journal of Urban History, Communication & Sport, Journal of Sport History, The Moving Image, and various other journals and edited collections.
Outside of my scholarship, I have served as a contributor to and source for media outlets that include the New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, The Guardian, Washington Post, Wired, HuffPost, The Athletic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Deadspin.
Currently, I am an associate editor for the Journal of Sport History and co-editor of the University of Illinois Press book series Studies in Sports Media.
If you’re interested in learning more about my research, teaching, or editorial work, send me an email and we can talk.