Resume

MARTHA BAYLES

EDUCATION

  • Ed.M., Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • B.A., Harvard University; art history, cum laude.

EMPLOYMENT

  • Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Boston College (2003-present).
  • Consultant and Editor, Legatum Institute, London (2011-2012).
  • Lecturer, Claremont McKenna College (1997-2003).
  • Visiting Faculty, Colorado College (spring 2002).
  • Arts correspondent, Religion & Ethics News Weekly, PBS (1997-2000).
  • Literary Editor, Wilson Quarterly (1995-1997).
  • Scriptwriter and producer, New River Media (1993-1997).
  • Television and arts critic, Wall Street Journal (1982-1990).

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS

  • Smith Richardson Foundation Grant, project on global media freedom (2013-present).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, course development grant (2015-2017).
  • Earhart Foundation Grant, research for Through a Screen Darkly (2010).
  • Smith Richardson Foundation Grant, research for Through a Screen Darkly (2006-2008).
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, lectureship in Poland (May 2006).
  • Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute (1998)
  • George C. S. Benson Fellowship, Gould Center, Claremont McKenna College (1997, 2001).
  • Smith Richardson Foundation Grant, research for Hole in Our Soul (1985-1987).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad (Yale University Press, 2014).
  • Ain't That a Shame? Censorship and the Culture of Transgression (Institute of United States Studies, University of London, 1996).
  • Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music (Free Press, 1994; paperback, University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Columns and Blogs

  • Monthly column on global media culture, American Interest (2016-present).
  • “Shadow Play,” film and television column, Claremont Review of Books (2006-present).
  • “Hearts and Minds,” culture and foreign affairs blog, World Affairs (2010-2011).
  • “Serious Popcorn,” film blog, ArtsJournal.com (2004-2011).
  • "Television," weekly television column, Wall Street Journal (1983-1990).
  • "The Talkies," monthly film column, American Spectator (1982-1984).
  • "Nonfiction in Brief," book review column, New York Times Book Review (1981-1983).

Book Chapters

  • “Popular Culture,” in Understanding America, edited by Peter H. Schuck and James Q. Wilson (Public Affairs, 2008).
  • “Exporting the Wrong Picture,” in International Relations (Longman, 2006) [originally published in Washington Post (August 28, 2005)].
  • “None So Deaf: Toward a New Pedagogy of Popular Music,” in Bridging the Gap: Popular Music and Music Education, edited by Carlos Rodriquez (National Association for Music Education, 2004).
  • “We Are All Sopranos,” in Annual Editions: Race and Ethnic Relations (McGraw Hill, 2004) [originally published in Chronicle of Higher Education (6 December, 2002)].
  • “Miles Davis and the Double Audience,” Essays on Miles Davis, edited by Gerald Early (Missouri Historical Society, 2001).
  • "Popular Culture," entry in The Oxford Companion to United States History (Oxford University Press, 2001).                 

Selected Op-Eds, Essays, and Articles

  • “Good for the Media, Bad for America,” American Interest (July 6, 2016).
  • “America's Voice Must Be Heard,” with Jeffrey Gedmin, Politico Magazine (November 16, 2015).
  • “How the World Perceives the New American Dream,” Atlantic (October 10, 2015).
  • “CIA Should Pledge Ban on Recruiting Journalists” (with Jeffrey Gedmin), Boston Globe (January 4, 2015).
  • “Kick the Chicken, Kowtow to the Monkey (with Jeffrey Gedmin), American Interest (December 26, 2014).
  • “The Decline of America’s Image Abroad,” Aus Politik und Zeitgesichte (December 8, 2014).
  • “Putin Propaganda Highlights Need for Public Diplomacy,” Boston Globe (July 28, 2014).
  • “The Struggle for Hearts and Minds: America’s Culture War and the Decline of US Public Diplomacy,” Hedgehog Review (Spring 2014).
  • “America’s Misguided Gender Missionaries,” American Interest (February-March 2014).
  • “‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: Martin Scorsese’s Cynical Global Ploy,” Boston Globe (January 27, 2014).
  • "Subdued by the Tube," Boston Globe (January 20, 2013).
  • “The Marketing of a Global Blockbuster,” Boston Globe (January 2, 2010).
  • “Paint By Numbers: New Deal art and the problems of public patronage,” Weekly Standard (November 16, 2009).
  • “Both a Dream and a Nightmare,” Wall Street Journal (August 14, 2009).
  • “When the Revolution Isn’t Broadcast,” Boston Globe (June 28, 2009) [reprinted in International Herald Tribune].
  • “The Legacy of Michael Jackson,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website (June 27, 2009).
  • “The Return of Cultural Diplomacy,” Newsweek “Special Edition: Issues 2009" (December 2008-February 2009).
  • “The Art of Global Public Relations,” Wall Street Journal (July 24, 2008).
  • “Strangers in a Foreign Land,” Wall Street Journal (August 1, 2008).
  • “Risky Business for Hollywood,” Boston Globe (May 6, 2008) [reprinted in International Herald Tribune].
  • “Public Diplomacy, TV-Style,” Wall Street Journal (February 16, 2007).
  • “Innocents Abroad,” Wall Street Journal (May 5, 2006).
  • “Now Showing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Americans,” Washington Post Outlook (August 28, 2005).
  • “Goodwill Hunting,” Wilson Quarterly (Summer 2005).
  • “Some of Rap’s Fathers Start Taking Responsibility,” Wall Street Journal (July 6, 2005).
  • “Attacks on Rap Now Come from Within,” Wall Street Journal (April 28, 2005).
  • “The Strange Career of Folk Music,” Michigan Quarterly Review (Spring 2005).
  • “Cultural Aftershocks: Closing the Curtain on ‘Perverse Modernism’,” Chronicle of Higher Education (October 26, 2001).

SELECTED RECENT LECTURES

  • George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; February 20-21, 2018.
  • Keynote Address, Salzburg Global Seminar organized around Through a Screen Darkly; Salzburg, Austria; September 23-28, 2016.
  • Presentation on US response to Russian, ISIS, and Chinese media offensives, National Endowment for Democracy Board of Directors meeting, Washington, DC; September 9, 2016.
  • Keynote Address, Technische Universität, Dortmund, Germany; November 6, 2015.
  • North American Studies and Cultural Studies, Universität Bonn, Germany; November 4, 2015.
  • Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont Colleges; October 12, 2015.
  • James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University; May 18-19, 2015.
  • Center for the Study of Democracy, Kenyon College; April 2, 2015.
  • Center for the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma; March 26-27, 2015.
  • Hillsdale College, conference in Naples, FL; February 18-19, 2015.
  • Ashbrook Center, Ashland University; October 24, 2014.
  • Speaking Tour of Germany sponsored by US Embassy Berlin; September 28-October 3, 2014.
  • Hudson Institute, Washington, DC; May 9, 2014.
  • American Foreign Service Association, Washington, DC; May 5, 2014.
  • Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; April 8, 2014.
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia; March 5, 2014.
  • Institute for Liberal Arts, Boston College; February 20, 2014.
  • Political Science Department, Boston College; January 29, 2014.
  • Bradley Lecture, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC; March 18, 2013.
  • James Madison Program, Princeton University; April 28-29, 2010.
  • International School for the Humanities in Europe, University of Warsaw, Kolegium Artes Liberales; May 29, 2009.
  • US Institute of International Education and Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi; New York, NY; October 20-21, 2008.
  • Humanity in Action American Core Fellowship Program; New York, NY; July 15, 2008.
  • Public Diplomacy Council summit; George Washington University; April 25, 2008.
  • Panel on Understanding America, edited by Peter Schuck and James Q. Wilson; American Enterprise Institute; Washington, DC; April 22, 2008.
  • Young Arab Leaders Forum, sponsored by Business for Diplomatic Action and the Global Action Forum; New York, NY; March 13-15, 2008.
  • Chilton Club, Boston, MA; February 7, 2008.
  • Cosmos Club, Washington, DC; November 20, 2007.
  • Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University; October 31, 2007.
  • Council for Women at Boston College; October 18, 2007.
  • Conference on United States International Broadcasting, McCormick Tribune Foundation and Hudson Institute Center for Future Security Strategies, Wheaton, Illinois; April 25-27, 2007.
  • Film in Trade Roundtable, Washington, DC; May 7, 2007.
  • Vision 2047 Foundation, Hong Kong Club; April 20, 2007.
  • Hong Kong Forum, Foreign Correspondents’ Club; April 20, 2007.
  • Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong; April 19, 2007.
  • Beijing International Studies University; April 17, 2007.
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, PRC; April 16, 2007.
  • Shanghai Foreign Studies University; April 12, 2007.
  • Fudan University, Shanghai; April 10, 2007.
  • Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai; April 10, 2007.
  • Jiaotong University, Shanghai; April 9, 2007.
  • Shanghai Foreign Studies University; April 9, 2007.
  • Women in Memory Forum; Cairo, Egypt; March 11, 2007.
  • Koç University; Istanbul, Turkey; March 8, 2007.

SELECTED RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES

  • PBS (WGBH Boston), “Greater Boston” with Adam Reilly, Feb. 10, 2015
  • C-Span (national), “Washington Journal” with John McArdle, December 25, 2014.
  • PBS (WGBH Boston), “Greater Boston” with Jared Bowen, December 23, 2014.
  • PBS (national), “Newshour” with Jeffrey Brown, June 5, 2014.
  • NPR (WAMU Washington), “The Kojo Nnambi Show,” March 6, 2014.
  • WLS-AM (Chicago), February 20, 2014.
  • Syndicated (national), “The Dennis Prager Show,” February 12, 2014.
  • NPR (Baltimore), “Midday with Dan Rodricks,” February 6, 2014.
  • NPR (national), “OnPoint” with Tom Ashbrook, January 14, 2014.

SELECTED ONLINE INTERVIEWS

  • Public Diplomacy Council, Washington, DC (February 23, 2014).
  • Public Diplomat; Syracuse University; recorded January 30, 2014).
  • Open Source With Chris Lydon; Boston; taped July 9, 2008; posted October 2, 2008.
  • “Outlook: Exporting American Popular Culture,” washingtonpost.com (August 29, 2005).
  • “Transatlantic Voices,” online interview with London Times columnist Clive Davis at clivedavis-online.com (August 18, 2005).
  • “Blues for Clement Greenberg,” online roundtable with Stanley Crouch and Loren Schoenberg at jerryjazzmusician.com (May 4, 2003).

SERVICE

  • Smith Richardson Foundation, proposal reviewer (2007-present).
  • America Abroad Media, consultant (2008-present).
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, consultant (2007-present).
  • National Endowment for the Arts, panelist (2003-present).
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, reviewer (2000-present).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, reviewer (2000-present).
  • Faith & Reason Institute, advisory board (2000-present).
  • Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, advisor (March-June 2008).
  • Perkins [social service agency in Lancaster, MA], trustee (1995-present).
  • MacArthur Foundation, nominator and reviewer (1988-1998).