He is the author of Film: The Democratic Art, which is widely acknowledged as the standard social history of moviegoing in America, and (with David Linton) of Movies as Mass Communication. He is co-author (with Victoria O'Donnell) of Propaganda and Persuasion and (with Ian Jarvie and Katherine H. Fuller) Children and the Movies: Media Power and the Payne Fund Controversy.
Hollywood Goes Shopping, co-edited by Dr. Jowett and David Desser, is forthcoming.
Dr. Jowett is currently at work on a book entitled Television and America: A Social History. For seventeen years he produced and hosted a radio show, "The Sounds of Jazz"--about jazz of the 40s and 50s.