Prof. Scahill's course "Deconstructing Breaking Bad" was featured in this week's Entertainment Weeklyin a special feature on popular culture and academia. The University of Maryland Honors College offered this exclusive seminar for the first time this semester, and Dr. Scahill was selected as the professor for his work at nearby Georgetown University in the English department. In the Entertainment Weekly piece, the writers examined how professors across the country were asking their students to engage critically with often-ignored "mass culture" texts such as Hunger Games, Beyonce videos, and AMC's Breaking Bad.
In "Deconstructing Breaking Bad," Dr. Scahill's class met weekly to discuss the series in 6-episode increments while engaging the series from a new critical perspective each week, including Health Care in America, the War on Drugs, Race Politics, Disability, and Global Capitalism. The class also deconstructed the series' complex web of genre references, including the Western, the melodrama, the gangster film, and the supervillain narrative.