Kathy Merlock Jackson is Professor of Communications at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she teaches courses in media studies and coordinates the communications and media internship programs. She received her B.A. from West Virginia University in English and Spanish, her M.A. from Ohio State University in English, and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in American culture. She is the author of four books, Images of Children in American Film: A Socio-Cultural Analysis, Walt Disney: A Bio-Bibliography, Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives, and Walt Disney: Conversations, as well as numerous articles and reviews. A former president of the American Culture Association, she currently edits The Journal of American Culture; she also writes a monthly column on television for Port Folio Weekly, a local lifestyle magazine. In 1984 she received the college's Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2004 became its first recipient of the Batten Distinguished Scholar Award. She was named to the first class of Batten Professors, serving in that capacity from 2004-2007. In 2006 the American Culture Association presented her with the President's Award for Extraordinary Service to the American Culture Association, and in 2007 she was awarded the association's highest award, the Governing Board Award, for scholarly contributions to American culture studies and service to the association. Her main areas of interest are children's culture and animation. She and her husband, Joe, a writer, have a college-age son, Nicholas, and live in Virginia Beach.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock and Ray Merlock. "Leaving Rosebud, Leaving the Valley: Vestiges of Childhood in Two Classic Films from 1941," The Journal of American Culture, 29.3 (2006): 296-306.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock, ed. Walt Disney: Conversations. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock, ed. Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.
Regular publication of columns focusing on popular television shows or trends in broadcasting for Port Folio Weekly (8 years).
Jackson, Kathy Merlock and Mark D. Arnold. "Baby-Boom Children and Harvey Comics After the Code: A Neighborhood of Little Girls and Boys." ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. 3.3 (2007). Dept of English, University of Florida. 22 Jun. 2007. http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v3_3/jackson/.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Animation." Encyclopedia of American Studies. Eds. Kurian, George T., et al. Bethel, CT: Grolier, 2001.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "The Johnstown Flood (1889): Magnates, Mill Workers, Mud, and Misery. Ordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Events. Eds. Ray B. Browne and Art Neal. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2001.
Editor, regular contribution of book reviews for The Journal of American Culture.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. Foreword to Cicero, Classicism and Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick. Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2007.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Psychological First Aid: The Hallmark Company, Greeting Cards, and the Response to September 11." The Journal of American Culture 28.1 (2005): 11-28.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Mickey and the Tramp: Walt Disney's Debt to Charlie Chaplin." The Journal of American Culture 26.4 (2003): 439-444.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Boyhood in Film." Encyclopedia of Boyhood in American Culture, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO, 2003.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "From Control to Adaptation: America's Toy Story." Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 24.1/2 (2001): 139-145.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "Leon Schlesinger" and "Ub Iwerks." American National Biography. Sup. 1. Eds. Paul Betz and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Jackson, Kathy Merlock. "When Fantasy Becomes Reality: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?!" Film and History Conference Proceedings - "The Documentary Tradition." Eds. Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, and James Knecht. CD-ROM. 2006.