Todd Schack

Associate Professor, Journalism
Phone: 607-274-3632
Office: Roy H Park School of Communications, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Media Studies and Immersion Journalism

Todd Schack, Ph.D., Media Studies

Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies,

Associate Director, Park Center for Independent Media


  •          Professional Certificate in Online Teaching, 

University of Wisconsin-Madison  (2013)

  •          Ph.D., Media Studies, 

University of Colorado at Boulder (2006)

  •          M.A., Communications, 

Colorado State University (1996)

  •          B.A., English, Creative Writing, 

Colorado State University  (1992)

Recent Positions:

  •          Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow, 

Institut Américan Universitaire (IAU),  Aix-en-Provence, France

                      (Spring ’16, Fall ‘18)    

Books/Projects in Progress:

  • "The Crisis in Democracy is a Crisis in Journalism" - Past IZZY Award Winners Discuss Independent Media 
  • Weaponization of Social Media & Rise of Illiberalism
  • The Media History of Drug Discourse, 19th Century to the Present

Selected Publications:

Research Interests:

·       Independent Media and Journalism History

·       Media Representations of the Wars on Terror and Drugs

·       Weaponization of Social Media & Rise of Illiberalism

·       Graphic Non Fiction/Comics Journalism

·       Music Journalism

·       Literary/Narrative/Immersive Journalism

Curriculum Development/Teaching:

·       Independent Media/Media Studies

·       Narrative Journalism

·       History of Journalism

·       Graphic Non-Fiction

·       Cultural Production of the Wars on Drugs & Terror

·       Media Theory/Critical Social Theory



Schack, T.A. (2020) “The Weaponization of Social Media and the Rise of Illiberalism,” Political Studies Association International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 2020. (Cancelled: Covid)

Schack, T.A. (2019)  “Lydia Cacho and the Travails of Covering International Sex Trafficking,” Invited Panel: Sex and Sensibilities: How Literary Journalism Engages with Sexual Transgression, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, SUNY Stony Brook, May 2019.

Schack, T.A., (2019) Invited lecture, Distinguished Speaker Series, “Opiate Addiction, Social Media and the Rise of Illiberalism,” Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France, January 2019.

Schack, T.A. (2018) “Fake News, Social Media, and the Opiate-Addicted: A Media Literacy Harm-Reduction Program Proposal” Society for Phenomenology and Media, Akureyri, Iceland, March, 2018.

Schack, T.A. (2017) “Literary Journalism Goes Undercover and Discovers Its Roots,"  International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Kings College, Halifax, Canada, May 2017

Schack, T.A. (2017) “Nick Tosches: The Secret to his Failure,” Literary Journalism and Voice Panel," International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Kings College, Halifax, Canada, May 2017

Schack, T.A. (2015) "Teaching Graphic Novels," Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, May, 2015.

Schack, T.A. (2014) "The Dark Side of Globalisation: Precarity and the Journalism of Commitment," Inverting Globalisation Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct., 2014.

Schack, T.A. (2014) "The Power and the Promise of (Literary) Journalism of Commitment," International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Paris, France, May, 2014.

Schack, T.A. (2013) “Creating Cultural Narratives: Writing About Music,” International Conference on Arts & Humanities, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 2013.

Schack, T.A. (2012) “Music Journalism in Flux: Recording Rock Mythologies in Globalized Culture,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, Dec., 2012.

Schack, T. A. (2012) “Writing About Music: A Disappearing Sub-Genre of Literary Journalism” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada, May, 2012.

Schack, T. A. (2011) “Damaged Borders: Journalist Charles Bowden and the Way Out of Juarez,” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May, 2011.

Schack, T. A. (2010) “Wikileaks: A Media Insurgency on National Security” National Communications Association Conference, San Francisco, October, 2010.

Schack, T. A. (2010) “Knowing the Enemy: War and the Public Interest in Literary and Conventional Journalism,” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies Conference, University of Roehampton, London, May 2010.

Schack, T. A. (2009) “The Ideological Usefulness of Perpetual Media Wars: The Mass Mediation of Drug and Terror War Culture,” Visions of War Conference, New York School of Visual Arts, October, 2009.

Schack, T. A. (2009) “21st Century Drug Warriors: Blackwater, DynCorp, and the Billion-Dollar Drug War Marketplace” Conference on Drugs, Culture and Society Conference, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, April, 2009.

Schack, T. A. (2008) “Media Wars In Perpetuity: Lessons Learned in the Wars on Terror and Drugs” International Conference on War, Media and Conflict Resolution, Bowling Green State University, September, 2008.

Schack, T. A. (2007) “Perpetual Media Wars: The Cultural Front in the Wars on Drugs and Terror” Cultural Studies Association, Portland, April 2007.

Schack, T. A. (2006). “Classical Social Theory and Modern Discourses on Drugs" Association of American Geographers, Convention on Cultural Geography of Drug Use, Chicago, March, 2006.

Schack, T. A. (2005). “Perverse Mirrors: Deviance and Drugs in the Media” International Communications Association, New York, May 2005.

Schack, T. A. (2004). “The Ambivalent Gaze of 19th C. Decadent and 20th C. Rave Cultures” Mobile Boundaries/Rigid Worlds: Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, September 2004.

Schack, T. A. (2004). “Where the Decadent and the Raver Meet: The Stranger” International Postgraduate Conference at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, August 2004.

Schack, T. A. (2001). “The Political Economy of Ecstasy” International Association for Mass Communication Research, Barcelona, Spain, July 2001.