Scholarly Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Foss, K. (2019). Death of the Slow-Cooker or #CROCKPOTISINNOCENT?: This Is Us, Parasocial Grief, and the Crock-Pot Crisis. Journal of Communication Inquiry.

Foss, K. & Blake, K. (2018). “It’s Natural and Healthy, But I Don’t Want To See It”: Using Entertainment-Education to Improve Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding in Public. Health Communication.

Foss, K. (2018). Not Seeking “Truth, Justice, and the American Way? Journalists and the Press in Comic Books and Contemporary Film Adaptations. Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal, 7, 1-28.

Schneeweis, A. & Foss, K. A. (2017). “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves:” Examining Representations of Roma Culture in 70 Years of American Television. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Foss, K. (2014). Constructing Hearing Loss or “Deaf Gain?” Voice, Agency, and Identity in Television’s Representations of d/Deafness. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(5), 426-447.

Foss, K. (2014). (De)stigmatizing the Silent Epidemic: Representations of hearing loss in entertainment television. Health Communication. 29(9), 888-900.

Foss, K. (2013). “That’s not a beer bong, it’s a breast pump!” Representations of breastfeeding in prime-time fictional television. Health Communication. 28(4), 329-340.

Forde, K. R. & Foss, K. (2012). “The Facts—the Color!—the Facts”: The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910. Book History, 15.

Foss, K. (2011). “When we make mistakes, people die!” Constructions of responsibility for medical errors in televised medical dramas, 1994-2007. Communication Quarterly, 59(4), 484-506.

Foss, K. (2010). Perpetuating Scientific Motherhood: Infant feeding discourse in Parents Magazine, 1930-2007. Women & Health, 50(3), 297-311.

Foss, K. (2010). Choice or Chance? Gender, Victimization, and Responsibility in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 1(1).

Foss, K. (2009). Gil Grissom and his Hidden Condition: Constructions of Hearing Loss and Deafness in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(2). Available at:

Foss, K. (2008). “You’re gonna make it after all”: Changing cultural norms as described in the lyrics of sitcom theme songs, 1970-2001. Rocky Mountain Communication Review, 5, 43-56.

Foss, K. & Southwell, B. (2006). Infant feeding and the media: the relationship between Parents’ magazine content and breastfeeding, 1972-2000. International Breastfeeding Journal , 1(10), 30 Apr. Available at:

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Foss, K. (2018). “That’s Not a Beer Bong, It’s a Breast Pump!” Representations of Breastfeeding in Prime-Time Fictional Television. In A. Short (Ed.). Cultural Representations of Breastfeeding. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press.

Foss, K. (2016). Using Media to Enact Change: Traditional Health Campaigns and Entertainment Education. In. J. Yamasaki, P. Geist-Martin, & B. F. Sharf (Eds.). Storied Health and Illness: Communicating Personal, Cultural, and Political Complexities (2nd ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Foss, K. (2014). From Welby to McDreamy: What TV teaches us about doctors, patients, and the health care system. In D. Macey, K. M. Ryan, & N. J. Springer (Eds.). How Television Shapes Our Worldview: Media Representations of Social Trends and Change. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Foss, K. (2012). Breastfeeding in the Baby Block: Using reality television to effectively promote breastfeeding, Chapter 20. In P.H. Smith, B.L. Hausman & M. Labbok (Eds.). Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Foss, K. (2012). “Who are you?” Shared responsibility and the victims of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In J. Conners & D. Bissler (Eds.). The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.

Other Publications

Foss, K. (2020, February 5). “Let’s Stick to the Facts on Coronavirus and Worry More About the Flu,” The Tennessean.

Foss, K. (2020, January). “Your Story: KIAI Into 40!,” Nashville Parent Magazine.

Foss, K. (2018, July 30). Breast-feeding is under warranted cultural pressure. Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Foss, K. (2018, July 25). US wrong to oppose breastfeeding public health resolution. The Tennessean.

Foss, K. (2016). Book Review: Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling, by Jason Mittell. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1173-1174.

Foss, K. (2014). Book Review: The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences, by Katherine Sender. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(4), 871-872.

Foss, K. (2014). Breastfeeding. In T. Thompson (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Sage Reference Publication.

Foss, K. (2012). Book review of Joseph Turow’s Playing doctor: television, storytelling, & medical power (2010 edition). Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 89(3), 542-543.

Foss, K. (2012). A Breastfeeding Journey. The 100 Words Project with Nourish Breastfeeding Support: 24 August. Available at:

Foss, K. (2009). “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Journalist?’’ A framing analysis of the representation of journalists and the press in comic book films. Resources. The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Project, 1, Section F. Available at:

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