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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). His current research focuses on conservative news, media and populism, and debates surrounding targeted advertising and civic culture in a digital media landscape. With A.J. Bauer, he is co-editing a volume titled News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures. His articles have appeared in or are forthcoming in Wired, n+1, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journalism, Communication Review, Journalism Studies, Politics and Culture and elsewhere.


Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies


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

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

Research Report

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


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, Published online first, 2018

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

Nadler, A & McGuigan, L. “Impulse to Exploit: Following the Behavioral Turn in Marketing.” Critical Studies in Media Communication. Published online first October 20, 2017.

Creech, B. and Nadler, A. “Post-Industrial Fog: Reconsidering Innovation in Visions of Journal’s Future,” Journalism. Published online first Jan. 28, 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. “Introduction: Journalism’s Crises and Critical Media Studies.” Communication Review 18 (2), 2015.

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