Robert Rabe, Ph.D.

Welcome to my home page.  I am a 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 between the 1930s and the 1980s.  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 currently the coordinator of the SOJMC master's degree program.  Please feel free to contact me with questions about our graduate program.

I am also the book review editor for the JHistory list, which is part of the H-Net online community for historians.  JHistory publishes scholarly reviews of new books in journalism and media history, written by specialists in the field. If you are interested in possibly reviewing a book for us, please send me your CV and areas of expertise.

My major project right now is a book about the newspaper columnist Marquis W. Childs.   I also recently published an article in the South Central Review on St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Richard Dudman and his book 40 Days with the Enemy, which detailed his experiences in Cambodia in 1970. 

My most recent conference presentations all focus on various aspects of the relationship between journalism and the politics of the mid-Twentieth Century.  These recent presentations include:

-       “Setting the Atomic Agenda: The Federation of Atomic Scientists and Public Relations.” AEJMC History Division/AJHA joint conference, New York, NY, March 2018.

-       “The Wars are Coming and the Deep Revolutions of the Soul’: Norman Mailer Reports from the 1964 Republican National Convention,” American Culture Association annual conference, San Diego, April 2017.

-       "Robert Shaplen, The New Yorker, and the Vietnam War, 1962-1968.”  AEJMC History Division/AJHA joint conference, New York, NY, March 2017.

-       “Robert Lasch, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Early Criticism of the Vietnam War.” Policy History Association conference, Nashville, June 2016.


Syllabi for Fall 2018 courses: Please email to request

JMC 102 – Media Toolkit  

JMC 430 – Magazine Writing

HON 480- Media and Culture of the Postwar Civil Rights Era (Honors College seminar)

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

(304) 696-4636


© Robert A. Rabe 2018

Recent Courses


Marquis Childs Book Project

Other Research



Mass Communication History Bibliography


H-Net Reviews Page

American Journalism Historians Association

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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