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Diane Gruber earned her B.A. in English from Rutgers University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, where her research explored the intersections of American childhood, popular culture, and religious history.
In addition to teaching HON 171 & 272, she has also offered the following honors special topic courses. Media and Culture is a social history of media from the ancient to modern era, exploring oral, written, painted, architectural, photographic, and digital media. Film and American Culture examines the rhetorical formulas and cultural forces at work in America's most notable film genres, including western, musical, horror, gangster, and noir. Her co-authored film essay, “Do you have a Light: The Failures and Special Effects of Godard’s Alphaville” recently appeared in Film and Philosophy (Volume 12).
A member of the Communication faculty for the past 18 years, Dr. Gruber teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in film, media, consumerism, argumentation, rhetorical theory, and social movements.
From 2006-2009, Dr. Gruber served as the director of ASU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and its related lifelong learning Valley-wide programs. She has served as a docent for AZ Opera and is currently a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum.