Professor of Communication Studies
Chair of the Communication Studies Department
Education and Experience
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Michael Robinson earned a BA in radio-television-film and a BS 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.
Robinson specializes in popular culture and communications. He regularly teaches Media and Culture, Introduction to Film, Media Criticism, Cultural Impact of Popular Medium, and Culture Industries, Audiences, and the Superhero. He also teaches colloquia for the Westover Honors Program (Jumping the Pond: British Text, American Context and Big Universe, Small Screen: Science Fiction Television and Popular Culture).
His scholarly interests include audience research, genre studies, science fiction, comic books and superheroes, media history, and criticism. In “Nerd Factor,” his weekly column for the student paper, The Critograph, 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.
Robinson enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, daughter, and son. He constantly struggles to keep up with a mass of recorded television shows. “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 Avengers are his favorite team to play. He also is owned by one cat.