Garth Jowett is Professor of Communications at the University of Houston. He obtained his Ph.D. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Director for Social Research for the Canadian government's Department of Communication and has been a consultant to various international communication agencies. He has been widely published in the area of popular culture and the history of communication. His book Film: The Democratic Art (1976) was a benchmark in firm history. His other publications include Movies as Mass Communication; Children and the Movies: Media Influence and the Payne Fund Studies; and his forthcoming 5th edition of Propaganda and Persuasion with Victoria O'Donnell. He is on the boards of several communication and film journals.
Victoria O'Donnell (Ph.D., the Pennsylvania State University) is Professor Emeritus at Montana State University-Bozeman. She teaches a seminar on television criticism for the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University. She has published on topics concerning persuasion, the social effects of media, women in film and television, British politics, Nazi propaganda, collective memory, cultural studies theory, and science fiction films of the 1950s. She is also the author (with June Kable) of Persuasion: An Interactive-Dependency Approach, Propaganda and Persuasion (with Garth Jowett), and Speech Communication. She’s co-edited (with Garth Jowett) Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion. She made a film, Women, War, and Work: Shaping Space for Productivity in the Shipyards During World War II, for PBS, has written television scripts for environmental films, and has done voice-overs. She served on several journal editorial boards, is the recipient of numerous research grants and teaching awards, has been a private consultant, a Danforth Foundation Associate, a Summer Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has taught in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Wales.