Bio

Heather Hendershot is a professor of film and media in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing program. Her most recent book is Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line.  She is also the author of What’s Fair on the Air? Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest, Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture, and Saturday Morning Censors: Television Regulation before the V-Chip.  Heather also edited the anthology Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics, and Economics of America’s Only Channel for Kids, and she is a former editor of Cinema Journal, the official publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Heather received her BA from Yale University and her MA and PhD from the University of Rochester.  She has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, and Vassar College, and she has also been a Guggenheim Fellow.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.