Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies

Director, Center for Global Studies

Lee Artz


Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the department of communications. He is also the Center for Global Studies representative and serves on the faculty senate editorial boards of capitalism, communication, critique and democratic communique.

Research Overview

  • Political economy of media production
  • Analysis of media news and entertainment content
  • Relation between public interest and media industry
  • Investigation of media framing of international events
  • Media contribution to mass consent for social order

I am a former steelworker and machinist. My union contract funded my Masters in Communication. I use experiences from H.S. and AAU Basketball Coaching (in Chicago and Michigan) to organize my classes.

Select Publications

  • Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America Global Entertainment
  • Media: A Critical Introduction Article.
  • The Political Economy of Attention: Global News Agencies and the Destruction of Democracy.

Teaching Focus

  • Media and Popular Culture (including Disney, superheroes, telenovelas, etc.)
  • Global Entertainment
  • Global Media Communication and Democracy

Previous Roles

  • NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
  • PNW Director, Graduate Studies, Department of Communication
  • Faculty Advisor, Lamba Pi Eta
  • Communication Honor Society Faculty Advisor
  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Faculty Advisor, Union for Democratic Communication
Lee Artz




Office Location:

Hammond, Porter Hall 116D


  • Ph.D. – Communication Studies, University of Iowa
  • M.A. – Communication, California State University, East Bay
  • A.A. – Public Relations, Golden Gate University
  • B.S. – English Education, Black Studies, Mathematics

Areas of Expertise

  • International Communication Media and Popular Culture Social Movements
  • Social Justice Race and Class Representations
  • Political Economy/Cultural Studies

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Outstanding Scholar
  • PNW Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Loyola University Chicago Outstanding chapter, article, book
  • Global Fusion
  • Global Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • International Communication Association

Curriculum Vitae