Dr. Robert Mejia
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2012
M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2007
As a media and cultural studies scholar, my research focuses on the relationship between culture, economics, politics, and technology. My approach operates from the critical tradition, meaning that I focus on how policy, law, historical trends, infrastructure, and rhetorical decisions affect the relationship between technology and society. Topics of interest include propaganda, communication infrastructure, video games, social media, and technologies of health and disease.
I teach courses in communication theory, cultural theory, and media studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level. My approach to teaching is driven by two interrelated beliefs: (1) issues of communication are central to the challenges facing contemporary society; (2) confronting these challenges requires a rigorous training in communication studies. Regarding the first, my courses are historical and contemporary in design so as to illustrate how problems of communication (such as propaganda and environmental concerns) have significantly impacted the operation of society. Regarding the second, I am regarded as a challenging but effective instructor who works to bring out the best in his students.
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Office: Minard 338
Phone: (701) 231-7522