Joli Jensen's teaching interests are in media, culture and society. At the University of Tulsa she designed and supervises the Communication Senior Project course and also teaches courses on Media and Popular Culture, Bestselling Feminisms, and Nonfiction Writing. She directed the University Honors Program from 2005-2007.
She recently founded the TU Faculty Writing Program (brochure) where she
serves as the Henneke Faculty Writing Fellow.
In Fall 2013 she began a series of monthly columns on academic writing for Vitae: a service of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Some of her suggestions are summarized in "Myths We Stall By" and "Finding Writing Space, Time and Energy."
Her research interests are in American cultural and social
thought. Her first book, Redeeming
Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism, (Sage
1990) analyzes how the media are blamed for the perceived ills of
modern life. Her second book, The
Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization and Country Music(Vanderbilt
1998) explores how and why cultural genre change, in relation to
concerns about culture and commerce. Her third book, Is
Art Good for Us? Beliefs about High Culture in American Life (Rowman
& Littlefield 2002) questions our taken-for-granted assumptions
about the transformational power of high culture. She is
co-author (with Richard Campbell and others) of Media In Society, an
upper-division undergraduate textbook (Bedford St. Martin's 2013) and
co-edited (with Steve Jones) Afterlife as Afterimage (Lang
2005), a collection of essays on posthumous reputation in popular
music. She has also written academic essays on media criticism,
communication technologies, communication theories, the social history
of the typewriter, Patsy Cline, artistic celebrity, and fans and fandom.
Her current research interests are in varieties of aesthetic
experience, and also in the history of editing and publishing, using the
archives of British publisher Andre Deutsch (in TU's Special
Collections) and the letters of literary editor Diana Athill.
Concern about widespread use of prescription medication for anxiety
and depression led to journalistic essays on undergraduates and mood
medication ("Let's Not
Medicate Away Student Angst" Chronicle of Higher Education,
June 15, 2003, B5) and on making wiser personal decisions about taking
mood-altering chemicals ("Emotional
Choices," Reason magazine, v. 35, no. 11, April
2004, p. 28-35). She has also written about religious identity ("On
Being 'Really Jewish'," Being Jewish magazine,
Passover 2007/5767) and commemorative essays about her dissertation
advisor, James W. Carey, including "The
Meaning of Talk: Carey's Model of and for the University" and "Casting
Spells: Carey as Teacher.".
Dr. Jensen received her PhD in 1985 from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. She has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia (1984-1986) and at the University of Texas-Austin (1986-1991). She joined the Faculty of Communication at the University of Tulsa in 1991.