Communication Graduate Studies
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B. Lee Artz (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of media studies. He teaches courses in mass communication, media theory, international communication, and persuasion and social movements. Before coming to Purdue, Dr. Artz taught at Loyola University Chicago, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University.
He has written numerous articles on media influence, cultural diversity and democratic communication for leading journals. His edited books include: Marxism and Communication: The Point is to Change It; The Media Globe: Trends in International Communication; Bring ‘Em On! Media and Politics in the Iraq War; The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony; Public Media and the Public Interest, Communication and Democratic Society; and Cultural Hegemony in the United States.
He has received awards in both scholarship and teaching, including the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence at Loyola, the National Communication Association’s Applied Communication Division’s Distinguished Article Award (with Frey, Pearce, Pollock, and Murphy, 1998), and the First Paper Award at the Global Fusion Conference (2001). He was selected as Outstanding Scholar at Purdue Calumet in 2005 and served as director of Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence for four years.
A former machinist and union activist, Artz has been a frequent advisor on communication and education for labor organizations and public and private schools in Illinois and Michigan. He received his B.S. in Education and Black Studies at Wayne State University and his M.A. in Communication at California State University-Hayward.