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Robin Andersen

Robin Andersen


Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 436

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Twitter: @TravelRobin


PhD University of California, Irvine

Biography and Research Interests

Prof. Andersen often serves as a consultant for non-profit groups, and has helped develop strategic communication designs for humanitarian organizations. She is featured in numerous educational documentaries. Her research interests include the ways in which media influence public opinion and social policy, including the links between advertising persuasions, consumer culture and environmental issues and policies. Her most recent research explores the influences of images of nature on ecotourism and the environment. She also writes about the relationship between media and war, including the interactions between fact and fiction, entertainment, information and video games.

Selected Publications

HBO's Treme and Story of the Storm: From New Orleans as Disaster Myth to Ground Breaking Television. Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2015

"Act of Valor: Celebrating and Denying the Brutalities of an Endless and Global U.S. War," in Media, Technology, and the Culture of Militarism: Watching, Playing and Resisting the War Society. A special issue of the Democratic Communique, Robin Andersen and Tanner Mirrales (eds.) 2014 

"The "Crying Indian." Corporations, and Environmentalism: A Half-Century of Struggle over Environmental Messaging," the Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. Matthew MacAllister & Emily West (eds.) 2013

"HBO's Treme: Exposing the Fractured Press Coverage of the Storm and Post-Katrina New Orleans," Censored 2012: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2010-2011. Michey Huff and Project Censored (eds.) New York: Seven Stories Press. 2011 

Battleground: The Media, Vols. 1 & 2. Robin Andersen and Jonathan Gray, (eds.) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 2008

A Century of Media, A Century of War, New York, Peter Lang, USA. 2006 Winner Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award 2007

Courses Taught

  • History and Culture of Advertising
  • Global Cinema
  • Theories of Media and Society
  • Understanding Television
  • Gender Images in Media
  • Newsmaking
  • Peace, Justice and the Media
  • Environment and the Media
  • Media Analysis and Criticism
  • Advertising Critiques
  • Political Communication
  • Propaganda and Persuasion


  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Union for Democratic Communications
  • International Communication Association