Jennifer Rauch Purveyor of Fine Erudition in Journalism, Communication & Culture
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Jennifer Rauch is an author, educator and researcher whose work focuses on alternative journalism, media activism, and popular culture. Her book, Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart, is slated for publication by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Rauch’s research has appeared in Media, Culture and Society; Communication, Culture and Critique; Discourse and Communication; Social Movement Studies; Popular Communication; and other peer-reviewed journals. In a chapter for the Blackwell book Audience and Interpretation in Media Studies (2013) she applied ritual and reception theories to activist media participation. Her chapter on cultural resistance through print and analog revivals was published in The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media (2015). Full articles and book chapters are available here.

In addition to academic work, Rauch has written about media, sustainability and culture for Medium and The Huffington Post as well as the blog Slow Media and the resource guide Unplug Your Class. She has talked with NPR’s Marketplace, Radio National (Australia), Huffington Post Live, The Daily Beast, La Presse (Montreal) and other journalists worldwide about media trends, issues and effects.

A professor of journalism and communication studies, Rauch brings critical-cultural perspectives to her pedagogy at Long Island University Brooklyn, where she teaches courses in news writing, political rhetoric, media and society, public speaking, social media, and other subjects. Before joining LIU Brooklyn, Rauch taught at Temple University, Lehigh University, Ursinus College, and Indiana University Bloomington. For more information about her teaching, please click here.

She has won numerous awards for her research and teaching, including from the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Kappa Tau Alpha, Poynter Institute, and Knight Digital Media Center at The University of California Berkeley. Long Island University awarded her instructional innovation grants as well as the Newton Award (2012), its highest honor for excellence in teaching.

Rauch earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University Bloomington, where she was a Chancellor’s Fellow as well as a Roy Howard, Eugene Pulliam, and Ernie Pyle fellow. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and French from The Pennsylvania State University. She attended The University of Manchester (U.K.) as a visiting scholar of international media.

A former journalist, Rauch has worked as writer, editor and photographer for Philadelphia City Paper, China Daily, The Urban Audubon, and other publications. She served on the selection committee for the George Polk Awards in investigative reporting for more than a decade.

Rauch grew up on the edge of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and lived in many foreign milieux — from Marseilles to Manchester to Beijing — before settling in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the creative technologist Michael Fanuzzi.