Janet Steele is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
She received her Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University, and is especially interested in how culture is
communicated through the mass media. She is a frequent visitor to Southeast Asia, where she lectures on
topics ranging from the role of the press in a democratic society to specialized courses on narrative journalism.
Her most recent book Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia
(Equinox Publishing and ISEAS, 2005) focuses on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics
and culture of New Order Indonesia. She has published articles on media history and criticism in journals
such as Journalism, International Journal of Press/Politics, Asian Studies Review, Indonesia, Foreign Policy,
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Political Communication, Columbia Journalism Review, and The American Journalism
Review, and lectured on the theory and practice of journalism as a State Department Speaker and Specialist in India,
Malaysia, The Philippines, East Timor, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, and Bangladesh. A former Fulbright professor
in the American Studies program at the University of Indonesia (1997-8), she was awarded a second Fulbright teaching and research
grant to Jakarta’s Dr. Soetomo Press Institute for 2005-2006. Fluent in Indonesian, she is
currently working on a book on journalism and Islam in the Malay Archipelago