Maureen Mauk

Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching Assistant


2153 Vilas Hall

Maureen Mauk

Office Hours:

  • On Fellowship (Spring 2020), please email me to set up a meeting!


Expertise and Activities

Maureen Mauk is a PhD Candidate in the Communication Arts department at University of Wisconsin- Madison focusing on Media & Cultural Studies. She carries a decade of experience serving in Los Angeles as a Television Standards & Practices executive and environmental activist. Her experience in the television arena includes work at FOX Broadcasting, Mattel, 20th Century Fox, NBC’s “The Office,” and other series including “Brothers & Sisters,” “Scrubs” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” Her research interests include the study of media policy and parental effects surrounding children’s media content and the use of social media for social and environmental betterment, particularly by young moms. Mauk recently won the First Place SCMS (Society of Cinema and Media Studies) Award for her research article entitled: “Politics is Everybody’s Business: Resurrecting Faye Emerson, America’s Forgotten First Lady of Television.” The article is slated for publication in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies in August 2020.


  • M.S. Communication- Television, Boston University, 2007
  • B.S. Communication, Cornell University, 2001


  • 1st Place- Student Writing Award: “Politics is Everybody’s Business: Resurrecting Faye Emerson, America’s Forgotten First Lady of Television”, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, 2019
  • (2019) Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies Graduate Student Grant Recipient
  • (2019) Sharon Sites Scholarship in Radio, Television, and Film (Acknowledging outstanding women in the Film and Media and Cultural Studies)
  • (2018) University Housing Honored Instructor, UW Madison- Awarded to teachers who students say, “Inspire them, motivate them, encourage them, and broaden their horizons.”
  • (2016-2017) City of Torrance, Cable Television Advisory Board, Commissioner


  • The can-do girl goes to coding camp: a discourse analysis of news reports on coding initiatives designed for girls Learning, Media and Technology (2020) by Maureen Mauk, Rebekah Willett and Natalie Coulter. doi:
  • Mother Bleeper: Sh*thole on Saturday Night Live.” Playback (2018).
  • “Politics is Everybody’s Business: Resurrecting Faye Emerson, America’s Forgotten First Lady of Television.”(expected publication: Issue 59.4, Aug 2020,) Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 
  • (2020 forthcoming) MIT Journal of Design & Science: Special Issue Algorithmic Rights and Protections for Children. Perspectives piece on the positioning of parents and families between industry, regulation and parental controls and standards & practices.
  • (2020 forthcoming chapter) Young children’s rights in the digital world. Play, design and practice. Springer Publications. Chapter: “Think of the Parents: Parental Controls in Digital TV and Family Implications,” Eds. Donell Holloway, Francesca Stocco, Karen Murcia, Michele Willson, Catherine Archer.


  • “The Lifesaving Medal”- Selected as a “Wisconsin’s Own” short for the 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival (2019) Color
  • “The 13th Crossing”- Masters Thesis Documentary. Filmed in Ireland, Scotland, U.S. (2007).


  • 2018. “Politics is Everybody’s Business: Resurrecting Faye Emerson, America’s Forgotten First Lady of Television”,” Center for the History of Print & Digital Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 21, 2018.
  • 2019. “Television Standards & Practices Modern Perspectives for History of NBC Television Course” Guest Lecture CAS CI 590 for Boston University, Dr. Deborah Jaramillo, October 2019.
  • 2018. “The Bleeping World of Standards & Practices and CARU,” Guest Lecture, Entertainment Law, for The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, April 2018.

Courses Taught

  • CA250 Survey of Contemporary Media
  • CA155 Introduction to Digital Production

Media Appearances