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 mass communication history, media and cultural studies, news reporting and writing, 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 1970s.  I am particularly interested in the study of media during the civil rights, cold war, and Vietnam eras.  I have done other research on the history of advertising, wartime propaganda, and the development of new media technologies.

I am currently the coordinator of the SOJMC master's degree program.  We offer a traditional on-campus MA, a fully-online MA, and a number of graduate certificates.  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 reviewing a book for us, please send me your CV and areas of expertise.  I am always looking for new reviewers.

My major project right now is a book about the newspaper columnist Marquis W. Childs.   This is a significant revision of my Ph.D. dissertation.   I am currently doing some additional new research and working on a book proposal.  Some of my recent publications from other projects include:

-          Rabe, Robert A., James Landers, Chester Pach, and Michael Sweeney. “Historical Roundtable: Mass Media and the Vietnam War.” Historiography in Mass Communication 4: 2 (March 2018): 7-22.

-          Rabe, Robert A. “Richard Dudman’s 40 Days With the Enemy and the Boundaries of Anti-War Opinion in the Nixon Years.” South Central Review 33:3 (Fall 2016): 90-109.

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:

-       “Trying to Counter-Balance What I Thought Was One-Sided Reporting”: Joseph Alsop’s Efforts to Influence Press Coverage of the Vietnam War in the Johnson Years, AEJMC History Division/AJHA joint conference, New York, NY, March 2019.

-       “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.




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


H-Net Reviews Page

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