Dr. Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and teaches on the faculties of journalism, communication and religion. Her current research interests include religion, politics and the news media, as well as how religion relates to entertainment media. She is the publisher of Religion Dispatches, an award-winning daily online magazine of religion, politics and culture.
Winston is currently working on several research projects, including three books: Making America Great: Religion, Reagan and the News Media; Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality Genres, an edited collection; and Lost and Found: Religion in Los Angeles, also an edited collection. Her other books include: The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media (Oxford University Press, 2012); Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion, editor, (Baylor University Press, 2009); Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture, co-edited with John Giggie (Rutgers University Press, 2002); and Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army, (Harvard University Press, 1999).