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Dennis E. Russell, Associate Professor

Email: dennis.russell@asu.edu
Office: Room 387
Phone: 602.496.1896

Curriculum Vitae

History of Mass Communication, MCO 418
Media and Society, MCO 120
Media Issues in American Popular Culture, MCO 240
Media Problems, MCO 421
Press Freedom Theory, MCO 503
Intermediate Reporting and Writing (Print) JMC 301
Writing for Public Relations, JMC 415

Dennis Russell Dennis Russell is an associate professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A faculty member since 1991, Russell holds a doctorate in communication from the University of Utah. His dissertation was a First Amendment analysis of hate-speech codes on American university campuses.

He teaches a variety of classes at the Cronkite School, including Mass Communication Law, Media Issues in American Pop Culture, News Writing, Reporting, Media and Society, and Media Problems. Russell’s research specializations are mass-mediated popular culture; critical studies; film, literary and music analysis; and First Amendment law.

He published articles in Popular Culture Review, Studies in Popular Culture, The Mid-Atlantic Almanac, Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, The Mind’s Eye: A Liberal Arts Journal and Communication and the Law. He also has published a variety of encyclopedia articles and book and video reviews, and has presented numerous scholarly papers at such academic conferences as Popular Culture Association National Conference, Popular Culture Association in the South Conference, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Western Social Science Association Conference, Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Symposium, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference.

Russell’s service responsibilities at the Cronkite School include serving as adviser for the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, internship director for the Media Analysis and Criticism concentration, director of the Summer Journalism Institute (a two-week program for high school students), a member of the Internship and Selective Admissions committees and former chairman of the Curriculum Committee.

He serves on a variety of university-wide committees and regularly judges a number of journalistic and academic writing competitions. In addition, Russell speaks before a number of community groups and high school journalism classes, discussing contemporary media issues and problems. He also serves as a moderator and panelist at various academic and journalistic conferences.

Russell is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Society of Professional Journalists, Popular Culture Association, Popular Culture Association in the South, Far West Popular Culture Association, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association and Western Social Science Association.

His professional background entails 10 years of print journalism experience in the Phoenix area, including working as a hard news reporter for the Scottsdale Daily Progress, Mesa Tribune and Glendale Star. His beats included general assignment, police, courts and city government. He also worked as a magazine editor, public relations writer and Associated Press stringer.