Dr. Robert Mejia
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Office: Minard 338
Phone: (701) 231-7705
I joined the Department of Communication in 2016 after having served as an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport in western New York for four years. My Ph.D. (2012) is from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois I took coursework in Asian American Studies, Comparative & World Literatures, Gender & Women’s Studies, History, Media Studies, and Religious Studies, and graduated with a concentration in Media and Cultural Theory, with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies and a certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory.
My ongoing research portfolio emphasizes the politics of technology and the technology of politics. By this, I mean I explore how cultural, economic, political, and social forces affect the production and consumption of technology and how technology affects the operation of culture, economics, politics, and society. For example, I have studied how entrepreneurial interests affected the rollout of the ultra-high-speed internet network known as Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and how this technical configuration has affected economic development, political participation, and social engagement in the region. Likewise, I am the editor (alongside Jaime Banks and Aubrie Adams) of two edited collections on the cultural and historical significance of 100 videogame characters and 100 videogame franchises.
My research complements my teaching interests in media and cultural studies. Courses I have taught at the undergraduate or graduate level include: communication research methods, communication technology and cultural change, film as social commentary, propaganda and persuasion, media and society, rhetoric of health and disease, and theories of media, technology, and society. I am passionate about teaching and love working with students regardless of their initial interest in the relationship between media and society—my job is to facilitate this passion for learning!