Brian Dolber

Title: Assistant Professor

Degrees:- Ph.D., Communication, University of Illinois,
- B.A. Journalism,
The George Washington University

Telephone:(607) 436-3825

Course History:

  1. New Media (MCOM 258)
  2. Mass Media and Culture
    (MCOM 259)
  3. Fundamentals of Broadcasting (MCOM 257)
  4. Development of Film (MCOM 283)

Select Publications

“‘Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue’: The Jewish Funds for Justice’s Prophetic Battle Against Glenn Beck,” in Prophetic Approaches to Popular Media: Critical Theory and Practical Application, edited by Robert Woods, Jr. and Kevin Healey. (New York: Peter Lang, in press)

“Informationism as Ideology: Technological Myths in the Network Neutrality Debate,” in Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet, edited by Zachary Steigler. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming, 2012)

“Introduction: Laboring the Academy: New Directions for Communications Studies in the Economic Crisis,” (2011) Introduction to Media and the Economic Crisis, edited by Brian Dolber and Mark Hayward, in Democratic Communique, 24, 2011.

“From Socialism to ‘Sentiment’: Towards a Political Economy of Communities, Counterpublics and Their Media Through Jewish Working Class History,” (2011). Communication Theory, 21, 1.

“A Rock and a Hard Place: The CWA's Approach to Media Policy, 1984-2003,” (2008). Democratic Communique, 22, 2.


Professional Interests:

  • political economy
  • media and labor history
  • U.S. and Jewish working class culture
  • alternative media and media activism

Hobbies and Personal Interests:

  • politics and organizing
  • playing music (drums and piano)
  • Belgian beers and microbrews
  • Travel


Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.