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 Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Northwest.

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, Lambda 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