Media and Communication Studies

Tony Nadler
Tony Nadler

Anthony Nadler

Anthony Nadler is an associate professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College.

He is the author of Making the News Popular: Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor with AJ Bauer of News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2019). His current research focuses on conservative news, media and populism, and debates surrounding targeted advertising and civic culture in a digital media landscape. He is a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

His articles have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journalism, Communication Review, Journalism Studies, and Journal of Information Policy. His writing has also appeared in L.A. Review of Books, Wired, n+1, Salon, Columbia Journalism Review, and other popular venues. His research and commentary have been highlighted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.


Media and Communication Studies


  • B.A., Macalester College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota


  • Introduction to New Media
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Remix Culture
  • Media & Society
  • Media, Activism, and Social Change
  • Propaganda and Fake News
  • Theory and Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Conservative news
  • History of journalism
  • Populism in news
  • Digital media culture
  • Media policy and governance
  • Critical theory and social theory 

Recent Work


Nadler, A and Bauer, A (co-editors). News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures. (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Nadler, A. Making the News Popular: Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences (University of Illinois Press – History of Communication Series, 2016)

Research Reports

Nadler, A., Taussig, D, Yazbeck, N., Wenzel, A. Unmasking Polarization: How Conservatives Make Sense of Covid19 Coverage. Columbia Journalism Review/Tow Center Reports. December 7, 2021.

Wenzel, A., Nadler, A., Taussig, D, Yazbeck, N. Journalism Across Divides? Searching for Insights from Kigali to Kentucky. Columbia Journalism Review/Tow Center Reports. December 7, 2021.

Nadler, A., Bauer, A, Konieczna, M. Conservative Newswork: A Report on the Values and Practices of Online Journalists on the Right. Columbia Journalism Review/Tow Center Reports. March 31, 2020.

Nadler, A., Crain, M., Donovan, J. Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online AdTech. Data & Society Research Institute. October 18 2018

Nadler, A. and Crain, M. Foreign Interference and the Digital Advertising Infrastructure. Report commissioned by Global Affairs Canada and G7 Rapid Response Mechanism. March, 2019 (copy available upon request)

Recent Articles, Essays, and Reviews

Nadler, A. We’ll See Partisan Media More Clearly. Nieman Lab Predictions for 2024.

Nadler, A. and Taussig, D. The Deep Story Beneath the Big Lie. LA Review of Books, August 16, 2023

Nadler, A. Political Identity and the Therapeutic Work of Conservative MediaInternational Journal of Communication 16, 2022.

Bauer, A. and Nadler, A. What is Disinformation to Democracy. The Bulletin of Technology and Public Life. January 23, 2023.

Nadler, A. Confronting Media Gerrymandering. Nieman Lab Predictions for 2023.

Taussig, D. and Nadler, A. Make Nice, or Screw Them. Columbia Journalism Review. October 7, 2022.

Taussig, D., Nadler, A. Conservatives Feel Blamed, Shamed and Ostracized by the Media. The Conversation. April 13, 2022 (republished by Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nieman Journalism Lab)

Nadler, A. The Coming Backlash to Journalism’s Nichification. Nieman Lab Predictions for 2022.

Bauer, A., Nadler, A., Nelson, J. What is Fox News? Partisan Journalism, Misinformation, and the Problem of Classification. Electronic News. 2021 (Online First).

Nadler, A. Journalism Struggles to Find a New Model of Legitimacy. Nieman Lab Predictions for 2021.

Bauer, A., Nadler, A. Propaganda Analysis RevisitedHarvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review. 2021.

Nadler, A. The Great Anti-Left Show. LA Review of Books, October 2, 2020.

Nadler, A. Pioneers of Countercultural Conservatism: Limbaugh, Breitbart, Drudge. In Affective Politics of Digital Media ed. Megan Boler and Elizabeth Davis, New York: Routledge, 2020.

Nadler, A. Clash of the Clans: Election Edition. Nieman Lab Predictions for 2020.

Nadler, A. The Banality of Steve Bannon (review of The Brink dir. Alison Klayman) Docalogue, April 1, 2020.

Crain, M. and Nadler, A. Political Manipulation and Internet Advertising Infrstructure. Journal of Information Policy 19. 2019

Nadler, A. Populism and Media EnvironmentsSociology Compass 13 (8). 2019

Nadler, A., Sridharan, H, and Taussig, D. Moving Beyond ‘Zuck Sucks.’ Columbia Journalism Review. October 10, 2019.

Crain, M. and Nadler, A. “Beyond ‘Bad Actors’: Digital Advertising and Political Manipulation” In Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass, ed. Andy Roff and Mickey Huff (Seven Stories Press: New York). 2019.

Wenzel, A., Nadler, A., Valle, M, and Hill, M. Listening is Not Enough: Mistrust and Local News in Urban and Suburban Philly. Columbia Journalism Review. March 26, 2018

Nadler, A. Nature’s Economy and News Ecology: Scrutinizing the News Ecosystem Metaphor. Journalism Studies 20 (6). 2019.

Nadler, A & McGuigan, L. Impulse to Exploit: Following the Behavioral Turn in Marketing. Critical Studies in Media Communication 35 (2). 2018.

Creech, B. and Nadler, A. Post-Industrial Fog: Reconsidering Innovation in Visions of Journal’s Future. Journalism 19 (2). 2018.

Nadler, A. and Crain, M. 3 Ways Facebook and Other Social Media Companies Could Clean Up Their Acts – If They Wanted To. The Conversation December 7, 2018 (Republished by Salon, Houston ChronicleBusiness Insider, Business Standard-India, Nieman Lab) 

Crain, M. and Nadler, A. Commercial Surveillance State. n+1. September 27, 2017.

Nadler, A. and McGuigan, L. “Captains of Habit Formation: Marketing Strategy in the Age of Big Data.” In Critical Studies in Advertising ed. James Hamilton and Robert Bodle (Routledge, London), 2016.

Nadler, A. and Vavrus, M. (special issue co-editors). Critical Media Studies and the ‘Future of News Debates.’ Communication Review 18 (2). 2015.

Leppert, A. and Nadler, A. (co-editor, special issue) Beyond Google: Teaching Humanistic Research Skills. Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier 2 (3), 2014