Professor of Communication Studies
Dr. Michael Robinson specializes in popular culture and communications. He regularly teaches COMM 171 “Media and Culture,” COMM 229 “Introduction to Film,” and COMM 372 “Media Criticism.” He also teaches colloquia for the Westover Honor Society (“Imagining the Future: Utopia, Apocalypse, and Popular Culture” and “Jumping the Pond: British Text, American Context”).
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Robinson earned a BA in radio-television-film and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1991, an MA in telecommunications from Indiana University in 1994, and a PhD in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University in 2000.
His scholarly interests include: audience research, genre studies, science fiction, comic books and superheroes, media history, and criticism.
In “The Nerd Factor,” his weekly column for the student paper, The Critograph, Dr. Robinson regularly exorcises his popular culture demons by exploring popular culture topics, usually in a humorous vein. He also contributes to coverage about popular culture for both local and national media. He appeared in Biography Channel biographies on Britney Spears and the Harry Potter Kids.
Dr. Robinson enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, daughter, and son. He constantly struggles to keep up with a mass of recorded shows on his cable box. Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are his favorite shows. He also regularly battles a giant, constantly growing pile of unread comic books. He enjoys weekly HeroClix tournaments, where the Defenders are his favorite team to play. He is also owned by three cats.