Joe Cutbirth, PHD

Joe Cutbirth, PHD

Assistant Professor

Department : Communications

Email :

Phone : 718-862-3849

Office : LEO 207C


PHD, Columbia University
MA, Georgetown University
BA, University of Texas at Austin


Social History of American Media, Applied Practice of Journalism (news writing and reporting), Political Communication, Public Opinion, and the History and Literature of Communication Research

Professional Experience

University of Virginia Media Studies Department, visiting lecturer; University of British Columbia Graduate Journalism School, assistant professor; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, adjunct professor; and New York University Journalism Department, adjunct professor. 

Publications & Professional Activities


Cutbirth, J., Fake News, Real Politics: Jon Stewart and the New Political Press, forthcoming.

Cutbith, J., "Cash Out: Philanthropy, Sustainability, and Ethics in Nonprofit News," Media Ethics, eds. Amber Davisson and Paul Booth, forthcoming.

Cutbirth, J., “Journalism and Intellectual Freedom,” The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom:  Concepts, Cases and Theories, eds. Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky, 2014.

Cutbirth, J., "Objects of Journalism: Bar Rags and the AIDS Virus," Ethnography Matters / Ethnographies of Objects Edition, eds. CW Anderson, Juliette De Maeyer and Heather Ford, 2013. <>

Cutbirth, J., “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News” by Geoffrey Baym for Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Spring 2010.  

Cutbirth, J., “Politics,” Lonely Planet USA Phrasebook: Understanding Americans and Their Culture, ed. Colleen Cotter, 2001.

Cutbirth, J., “Net Journalism Has Chance to Lure Back Young Voters,” San Francisco Examiner, February 2000.

Mauro, Garry, Beaches, Bureaucrats and Big Oil: One Man’s Fight for Texas, contributing editor, Lookaway Books, 1997.

Conference Papers and Panels:

"Strange Bedfellows: Bar Rags, the AIDS Virus and Mainstream Media," The Objects of Journalism, International Communications Association, London, 2013. 

"The Trouble with Jon: A New Paradigm for Research on The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart," research presentation, Television Through the Lens of Media Ecology, Media Ecology Association, New York, N.Y., 2012. 

"Television Through the Lens of Media Ecology," moderator, Media Ecology Association, New York, N.Y., 2012.

"Fake News, Real Reporting: The Role of Late-night Comedy in Journalism Education,” moderator, AEJMC, Denver, Colo., 2010.

“Five Books About Journalism Every Journalism Student Should Read,” panelist, AEJMC-AJHA joint meeting, New York, N.Y., 2009.

“Journalism in Our Time,” moderator, AEJMC-AJHA joint meeting, New York, N.Y., 2009.

“Preserving and Accessing Journalism Resources,” moderator, AEJMC-AJHA joint meeting, New York, N.Y., 2007.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Election: The Making of Jon Stewart,” research presentation, Media In Transition 4 Conference, MIT, Cambridge, Mass., 2005.

“Shakespeare to Stand-up: The Evolution of Fake News in Western Culture,” research presentation, AEJMC-AJHA joint meeting, New York, N.Y., 2005.

“How to Get the Out into the Classroom,” organizer, National Lesbian-Gay Journalists Association, Chicago, Ill., 2005.

“Going Around the Gatekeepers: What Young Americans Learn About Political Leaders From Late-Night Television,” paper, American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Penn., 2003.

“Pop Culture or Political Riff: Presidential Imagery on Saturday Night Live,” paper, Media In Transition 3 Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 2003.

“The Pen and the Sword: News Coverage and Public Opinion of President Bush and the War on Terrorism,” paper, Midwest Association of Public Opinion Research, Chicago, Ill., 2002.

“The Internet Vote: Web Use and Political Behavior in the 2000 Presidential Campaign,” paper, Eastern Communication Association, New York, N.Y., 2002.

“Acting in the Family Interest: Melodrama and Family Narrative in the 2000 Presidential Campaign,” paper, Georgetown University Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, Washington D.C., 2001.

“The Internet and the Youth Vote: Possibilities, Changes and Limitations” (w/ Dr. Diana Owen, Georgetown University), paper, National Communication Association, Washington, D.C., 2000.

Special Lectures:

“James Carey and the Columbia School,” remarks at Conversations and Communications: A Conference in Memory of James W. Carey, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2007.

“Journalists and Linguists, Ways with Words,” remarks at Georgetown University Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, Washington, D.C., 2000.

Courses Taught/Teaching

Introduction to Journalism

News Reporting and Writng

Mass Communication Ethics

Advanced Reporting

Feature Writing

Senior Seminar

Quadrangle I, II and III