Dr. Robert Mack

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Dr. Robert Mack
Honors Faculty Fellow

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Robert Mack received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Barrett in 2015, Dr. Mack worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Denison University. Over the last decade, he has taught courses in public speaking, argumentation, rhetorical criticism, cultural studies, and television studies. 

Dr. Mack's research generally examines the text-audience interface in U.S. American popular culture, and he draws widely on rhetorical, reception, critical, and psychoanalytic approaches in order to analyze this relationship. Much of his work concentrates on unearthing peculiar patterns in contemporary media (such as images of maternal torment or narratives of inescapable rooms) and considers these patterns for the ways they crystalize widespread social anxieties. In addition, a special subset of his research revisits notable media events from the past (including the 1992 premiere of The Crying Game, the break of the 1950s quiz show scandals, and the sudden religious conversion of author Anne Rice) in order to reevaluate historical documents related to these events from new perspectives. Dr. Mack's work has appeared in The Journal of the Fantastic in the ArtsThe Journal of Religion and Communication, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video.