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 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.   My most recent presentations include 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 and different papers on black newspapers and the politics of the 1930s at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Atlanta in September 2015 and the joint AJHA/AEJMC History Division conference in New York City in March 2016. In June 2016 I presented a new paper on Robert Lasch and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorials critical of the Vietnam War that won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize.


Syllabi for Spring 2017 courses:

JMC 102 - Information Gathering and Research Section 201 Section 202

JMC 440 Media Ethics

JMC 455/555- Race, Gender, and Media

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

(304) 696-4636


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Recent Courses


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Other Research



Mass Communication History Bibliography


H-Net Reviews Page

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