About & Vitae

Dr Robert E Gutsche Jr

Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Critical Digital Media Practice
Media Lead, University Academy 92 (UA92)
Department of Sociology/Media and Cultural Studies
Lancaster University
Bailrigg, Lancaster (UK)
+44 (0)73682 07253



My research and teaching in the field of Journalism Studies explores how journalists assign and transmit notions of power and social control through news storytelling of geography, social conditions, and race. I also have been involved in working with students to produce and research emerging technologies, including virtual reality, and have been a journalist for national and local news outlets in the U.S. My hope is to instill in my students a sense of critical practice focused on social justice and engagement with issues of power. I am joined in my life with my wife, our newborn son, and two dogs, Sam and Stella.



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University of Iowa

Ph.D., Mass Communication, 2012
Dissertation: Mediated constructions and lived experiences of place: An analysis of neighborhood news and mental mapping (recipient of the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize, Annual Dissertation Award from the Urban Communication Foundation and the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association, 2013)

Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric of Inquiry, 2011


Concordia University Wisconsin

M.S., Student Personnel Administration, 2008
Thesis: Understanding newsmakers: Exploring themes of interest surrounding the development and experiences of college student journalists


University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, 2006


University of Wisconsin-Richland

A.A.S., 2001




Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster (UK)

Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice (with tenure), Department of Sociology/Media and Cultural Studies, January 2018 – Present

Media Lead, University Academy 92 (UA92), January 2018 – Present


Florida International University, Miami, Florida (USA)

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism + Media, August 2012 – January 2018

Affiliated Faculty, African & African Diaspora Studies Program; Sea Level Solutions Center; Latin American and Caribbean Center (until January 2018)

Co-PI, Inter-disciplinary Educational E-immersive Production Studio, June 2017 – January 2018

Lead, Mobile Virtual Reality Lab, June 2016 – January 2018


Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Research Consultant, December 2017 – Present


City University of New York, New York City (USA)

Fellow, Tow-Knight Disruptive Educator, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, August 2017 – Present


University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (USA)

Research Scholar, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, June 2015 – June 2016


University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (USA)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009 – 2012

Fellow, Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, 2011

Journalism Instructor, Upward Bound Program, Summer 2011

Instructor and Counselor, Summer Journalism Workshop, Summers 2002, 2003


Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin (USA)

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Business Studies / International Student Services, 2007 – 2008

Graduate Assistant, Vice President of Student Life, 2007 – 2008


University of Wisconsin-Richland, Richland Center, Wisconsin (USA)

Assistant Lecturer and Student Newspaper Advisor, 2008 – 2009

Interim Student Services Coordinator, July 2008 – October 2008

Summer Program Counselor and Journalism Instructor, Summers 2000, 2001


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (USA)

Academic Advisor, Student Orientation and Registration, Summer 2008


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)

Journalism Instructor, Upward Bound/TRIO Program, Summer 2007




Editorial Activities

Associate Editor, Journalism Practice, beginning January 2018

Book Reviews Editor, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2011 – 2012

Associate Editor, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 2009 – 2012

Guest Editor, Journalism Studies, “Contesting communities: Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world,” forthcoming (with Kristy Hess)

Guest Editor, Journalism Practice, “Contesting communities: Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world,” forthcoming (with Kristy Hess)

Editorial Board Member, Journalism Practice, March 2014 – January 2018

Editorial Board Member, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, April 2013 – present


Reviewer for Journals

Journal of Communication

Digital Journalism

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Critical Studies in Media Communication

International Journal of Communication

Journal of Communication Inquiry

Memory Studies

Media, War & Conflict

Visual Communication

Visual Communication Quarterly

Australian Journalism Review

International Journal of Drug Policy


Manuscript Reviewer

Routledge, 2017 – present

Fairchild Books, 2015 – present

Lexington Books, 2014 – present



Journalist, 1996 – present

Cofounder, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, 2009 – present

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, 2009

The Washington Post, 2004 – 2009 (freelance)

Madison Magazine, 2004 – 2009 (freelance)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2001 – 2009 (freelance)

Chicago Tribune, 2001 – 2009 (freelance)

The New York Times, 2003 – 2004 (freelance)

The (Racine, Wis.) Journal Times, 2005

Newsday, (Washington, D.C.), 2003

Wisconsin Public Television, 2003 – 2004

Wisconsin State Journal, 2000 – 2003 (staff and freelance)

Central Wisconsin Newspapers, 2000

Associated Press, 1999 – 2002 (freelance)

La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune, 1999 – 2001 (staff and freelance)

Tomah (Wis.) Journal, 1996 – 2001 (staff and freelance)


Cover image by Jared Rodriquez, Media Control (2017)
Bio photograph by Carolina Gutsche