Robert Rabe, Ph.D.

Welcome to my home page.  I am an associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  I teach reporting and writing, mass communication history, media and cultural studies, as well as special topics courses and seminars on media, history, and politics.  My primary research interest is mass communication history and most of my scholarly work involves topics related to journalism and politics in the 20th century.  I have done other research in the history of advertising and the development of new media technologies.

The page contains information related to my teaching and research projects at Marshall, as well as links to resources for students and scholars interested in journalism, mass media, and history.

I am also the coordinator of the SOJMC master's degree program.  Please feel free to contact me with questions about our graduate program.

My major project right now is a book about the newspaper columnist Marquis W. Childs.   My most recent presentation was a paper on public reaction to news coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention at the American Historians Association conference in New York in early January 2015.

NOTE: I am on sabbatical in the Fall semester and will be away from campus between May 2015 and January 2016. I am available by email at rabe@marshall. Please direct questions about the graduate program to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication main office in my absence.

Syllabi for Spring 2015 courses:

JMC 102 - Information Gathering and Research

JMC 455/555 - Race, Gender, and Mass Media

JMC 612 - History of Mass Communication

Honors Seminar- Mass Media of the Civil Rights Era

Dr. Robert Rabe
Marshall University
122A Communications Building
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV  25755

(304) 696-4636


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Recent Courses


Marquis Childs Book Project

Other Research



Mass Communication History Bibliography


Journalism and History Links

News Reporting and Research Links

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