Political Science at UWindsor

Dr. James H. Wittebols

Professor and Graduate Chair

Email: jhw@uwindsor.ca
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2909
Office: Chrysler Hall North 1156

  • Ph.D. Washington State University, 1983, Sociology, minor in Anthropology (Cultural Linguistics). 
  • M.A. Washington State University, 1979, Sociology.
  • B.A. Central Michigan University, 1977, Sociology and Journalism.

James H. Wittebols teaches and does research at the intersection of media, culture and politics. He is the author of two books: The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities (2004), and Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series (1998). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Sociology from Central Michigan University and an MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University.

  • Media, Culture and Politics
  • News and Information Literacy
  • Promotional Culture
  • POLS 2480  Political Economy of Communication
  • POLS 2550  Music and Politics
  • POLS 2700  Information Searching and Analysis
  • POLS 2750  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 3780  Promotional Culture and Democracy
  • POLS 4880/8910  Selected Topics in Political Science:  Politics of Popular Culture
  • POLS 8410  Political Economy, Mass Media and Democracy


  • Wittebols, J.H., The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities, Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.
  • Wittebols, J.H., Watching M*A*S*H*, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series, McFarland Publishers, 1998.


  • Wittebols, James H, Empowering Students to Make Sense of an Information Saturated World: The Evolution of
  • Information Searching and Analysis, Communications in Information Literacy, 10(1), 2016.
  • Wittebols, James H, Crisis and Contradiction: Promotional Authenticity in the Digital World In Edited by James F.Hamilton, Robert Bodle, and Ezequiel Korin, Explorations in Critical Studies of Advertising, Routledge, 2016, New York.
  • Wittebols, James H., Not Neighbourly: Is American news bad for Canadians?, Communication in Question, Toronto: Nelson Education, 2007, Editor(s) - Greenberg, J.; Elliot, C.

Peer Reviewed Presentations/Papers

  • February 2018. Confirmation Bias and Learning: Self-Confrontation as a Means to Self-Knowledge. Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
  • May 2015 Windsor, ON Taking Information Literacy Seriously: Empowering Students to become Critical Learners University of Windsor and Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference
  • May 2015 Toronto Ontario A course to help students become more critical researchers: Information Searching
  • and Analysis.  Union for Democratic Communications
  • August 2011 St. Louis, MO The Politics of Authenticity: A Dilemma for Campaign Consultants.  Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication