Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones became the fifth director of the George Foster Peabody Awards and the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys at the University of Georgia in July 2013. A native of Auburn, Ala., he holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science from Auburn University and a doctorate in radio-television-film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Previously an associate professor at Old Dominion University and director of its Institute of Humanities, Jones is the author of “Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement,” which examines political entertainment shows such as “The Colbert Report.” He is also an editor of “The Essential HBO Reader” and “Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era.”
Jones is also the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters that investigate the interactions between popular culture and politics. His most recent work includes book chapters examining network talk shows in the digital era, the role of pop culture in the 2012 presidential election, and the challenges to journalism presented by the Colbert-coined concept of “truthiness.” His next book will be “Television and Politics in the Digital Age: Performing American Public Life.”