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James L. Baughman (1952 - March 26, 2016) was an American mass communication historian, and the Fetzer-Bascom Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Baughman was born in 1952 in Warren, Ohio, and obtained in 1974 his BA in history at Harvard University in 1974. Next he moved to Columbia University, where he obtained his MA, his M.Phil and his Ph.D., all in history. He taught at the University of Wisconsin starting in 1979 and is the author of four books on the history of mass communication in the United States. He won the University of Wisconsin-Madison's distinguished teaching award in 2003.[1] Baughman died March 26, 2016.[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Television's Guardians : The FCC and the Politics of Programming, 1958-1967. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.
  • Henry R. Luce and the Rise of the American News Media. Twayne's Twentieth-century American Biography Series ; No. 5. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.
  • The Republic of Mass Culture : Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America since 1941. The American Moment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.
  • Same Time, Same Station : Creating American Television, 1948-1961. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.


  1. ^ "James Baughman remembered as popular journalism professor". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  2. ^ "In Memoriam: James L. Baughman, 1952-2016". School of Journalism and Mass Communication.