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Rosanne Welch

Rosanne Welch is a television writer/producer with 17 years professional experience writing and producing one-hour dramas with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Her research interests includes the interaction of culture and television, women in science fiction and film, how women are reflected in popular culture, female screen writers and their impact, science fiction on screen, Dr. Who, Star Wars, how movies and television can create communities and the internet and conventions brings them together.

In addition to her teaching, Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the editorial advisory board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association
  • Best Book Award, Women’s Issues, American Book Fest, 2017, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, ABC-CLIO Publishing, November, 2017.

Selected Publications:

  • Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture(McFarland Publishing, 2017)
  • Co-Editor with Peg Lamphier, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection(ABC-CLIO, 2017)
  • When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry.  McFarland Publishing, July 2018. Editor.
  • Co-Editor with Peg Lamphier, Technical Innovation in American History: An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. ABC-CLIO Publishing, Fall 2019.
  • “Hidden Behind Hoopskirts: The Many Women of Hollywood’s Civil War Sagasin The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color, (Doug Brode, editor, Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
  • “How the West Wasn’t Women,” in The 21st Century Western: New Riders of the Cinematic S(t)ag, (Doug Brode and Shea T. Brode, eds., Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield – under contract, anticipated publication date 2019.)
  • “America’s Neverending Conversation About Race:  Telecasting the Civil Rights Movement,” Written By, January 2018
  • “How Television Writers Transmit Cultures Transnationally via the Parent Characters Created for Police Procedurals,” in New Review of Film and Television Studies (Paolo Russo & Lindsay Steenberg. Eds., Routledge, September 2016)



B.S., Education, Bowling Green State University

M.A., American History, California State University, Northridge

Ph.D., American Social History, Claremont Graduate University

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