Todd Schack

Todd Schack

Associate Professor, Department of Journalism
Faculty, Roy H. Park School of Communications

Specialty:Media Studies and History
Phone:(607) 274-3632
Office:254 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850




·       Ph.D., Media Studies, University of Colorado, 2006

·       M.A., Communication, Colorado State University, 1996

·       B.A., English, Colorado State University, 1992


Research Interests 


·       Media and Journalism History

·       Literary/Narrative Journalism

·       Multi-platform Narrative Journalism

·       Music Journalism

·       Graphic Non Fiction/Comics Journalism

·       Media History and Representations of the Wars on Terror and Drugs in both popular culture and journalism

·       Ethnographic Documentary Film Production, Theory and History.

·       19th C. English and French Decadent Literatures, Theory and History.

Curriculum Development/Teaching Interests

·       History of Journalism/Mass Media

·       Graphic Non-Fiction

·       Narrative Journalism

·       Cultural Production of the War on Terror

·       Media Theory/Critical Social Theory


Selected Recent Publications:


  • “Legacies of Literary Style in Wartime Journalism,” Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011.


  •  “21st C. Drug Warriors: The Press, Privateers and the For-Profit Waging of the War on Drugs,” Media War and Culture, Vol. 4 Issue 2, 2011.


  •  “The Forever War by Dexter Filkins,” Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2009.


  • Perpetual Media Wars: The Cultural Front in the Wars on Drugs and Terror in 9/11, The War on Terror, and American Popular Culture, Eds. Hill, Matthew, Schopp, Andrew, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009.


  •  “Who Among Us is Free From Genocide? A Review of Terror’s Advocate” International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, v4 I3, Fall, 2008.


Book in Progress:


  • The Media History of Drug Discourse, 19th Century to the Present


Journal Articles in Progress:


  • Against Idealist Historiography: Raymond Williams and Michel Foucault on the Possibility of Rescuing our Present from our Past


  •  “‘A Failure of Language’: Achieving Layers of Meaning in Graphic Non-Fiction”


  • Foundation Journalism: Truly ‘In the Public Interest?’  A Critical Research Perspective of a New Funding Paradigm


  • Postmortem Inquiries: Classical Social Theorists Debate Drug Use


  • The Ambivalent Gaze into Perverse Mirrors: 19th C. Decadent and 20th C. Rave Cultures


Schack, T. A. (2011) “Damaged Borders: Journalist Charles Bowden and the Way Out of Juarez,” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May, 2011.

Schack, T. A. (2010) “Wikileaks: A Media Insurgency on National Security” National Communications Association Conference, San Francisco, October, 2010.

Schack, T. A. (2010) “Knowing the Enemy: War and the Public Interest in Literary and Conventional Journalism,” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, University of Roehampton, London, May 2010.

Schack, T. A. (2009) “The Ideological Usefulness of Perpetual Media Wars: The Mass Mediation of Drug and Terror War Culture,” Visions of War Conference, New York School of Visual Arts, October, 2009.

Schack, T. A. (2009) “21st Century Drug Warriors: Blackwater, DynCorp, and the Billion-Dollar Drug War Marketplace” Conference on Drugs, Culture and Society Conference, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, April, 2009.

Schack, T. A. (2008) “Media Wars In Perpetuity: Lessons Learned in the Wars on Terror and Drugs” International Conference on War, Media and Conflict Resolution, Bowling Green State University, September, 2008.

Schack, T. A. (2007) “Perpetual Media Wars: The Cultural Front in the Wars on Drugs and Terror” Cultural Studies Association, Portland, April 2007.

Schack, T. A. (2006). “Classical Social Theory and Modern Discourses on Drugs" Association of American Geographers, Convention on Cultural Geography of Drug Use, Chicago, March, 2006.

Schack, T. A. (2005). “Perverse Mirrors: Deviance and Drugs in the Media” International Communications Association, New York, May 2005.

Schack, T. A. (2004). “The Ambivalent Gaze of 19th C. Decadent and 20th C. Rave Cultures” Mobile Boundaries/Rigid Worlds: Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, September 2004.

Schack, T. A. (2004). “Where the Decadent and the Raver Meet: The Stranger” International Postgraduate Conference at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, August 2004.

Schack, T. A. (2001). “The Political Economy of Ecstasy” International Association for Mass Communication Research, Barcelona, Spain, July 2001.   


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