Michael Grabowski, PHD

Michael Grabowski, PHD

Associate Professor

Department : Communications

Email : michael.grabowski@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-3852

Office : LEO 207B


PHD, New York University
MA, New York University
BA, The Ohio State University


My background is in film, television and new media production. I produced the award-winning short film Pancho’s Revenge, which has been screened at the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, and on PBS. I wrote and directed the film A More Perfect Union, which has been screened at dozens of festivals, and has been used as a teaching tool at several universities. Currently, I consult on documentary story construction and trends in television audiences and programming.


My research interests include the emerging field of neurocinematics, bridging the disciplines of media studies and neuroscience. I am currently at work on the edited collection Media on the Brain

Professional Experience

Producer, editor, video/broadcast/new media consultant, videographer, audio production, gaffer/grip for feature films, broadcast and cable television, music videos, regional and national commercials, and corporate video/multimedia; clients have included: Jonathan Demme, CBS, NBC, PBS, Lifetime, CourtTV, Motown Records, Forbes.com, The Yes Men, Bridge, Fox Lorber, among others 

Publications & Professional Activities

  • Grabowski, Michael. (2014). "Resignation and Positive Thinking in the Working-Class Family Sitcom," Atlantic Journal of Communication, 22:2, 124-137, DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2013.842573

  • Naaeke, Anthony; Kurylo, Anastacia; Grabowski, Michael; Linton, David; and Radford, Marie L. (2011). "Insider and Outsider Perspective in Ethnographic Research," Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association: Vol. 2010, Article 9. Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/nycsaproceedings/vol2010/iss1/

  • Grabowski, Michael. (2010). “Books 1.0: The Enduring Legacy of the Printed Word.” In D. Harmon (Ed.), Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

  • Grabowski, Michael. (2008). “Lessons in Appealing to the Young Non-voter: Michael Moore’s Slackers Uprising Tour.” In B. Cogan & T. Kelso (Eds.), Mosh the Polls (pp. 95-118). New York: Lexington.

  • Grabowski, Michael. (2002). “Merchants of Cool.” Rushkoff, D. (Prod./Dir.). Explorations in Media Ecology, 1 (2), 154-155. [Review].

Conference Papers:

  • "Understanding PECMA: Joining Media Ecology and Embodied Cinema." Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, June 2012.
  • "Neurophysiological Correlates of Perception within Symbolic Environments." Media Ecology Association 2012 Annual Convention, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, June 2012.
  • "The Voices on the Screen Become the Voices in Our Heads: An Ecological Model of Mediated Narratives." National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2011.
  • “Biases of Digital Communication: Obscured Realities and the End of Frontier.” Media in Transition Conference 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, April 2009.
  • “Honesty, Ownership and Justice: Understanding the Cultural and Social Mores Influencing Students’ Perceptions of Copyright.” Media in Transition Conference 5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, April 2007.
  • “Appealing to the Young Non-voter: Michael Moore’s Slacker Tour.” Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2005.
  • “Understanding Media Teaching: Effective Strategies For Integrating Theory And Production.” Eastern Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA, April 2004. [Short Course].
  • Moderator & Presenter: “Digital Video vs. Film: A Technical Comparison.” New York New Media Association DV Expo, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, June 2003.
  • “See It Now: Creating a Political Community through Television.” Eastern Communication Association, New York, NY, April 2002.
  • “Public Service or Nuisance? Television Newsmagazine Programs and their Audiences.” National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2001.

Other Scholarly Activities:

  • Spring 2008 Scholar-in-Residence, New York University Center for Neural Science

Professional Memberships

Media Ecology Association

National Communication Association

Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image

Independent Filmmaker Project, East

Courses Taught/Teaching

COMM 100      Television Production Company
COMM 223      Introduction to Broadcasting
COMM 308      Studio Television Production
COMM 350      Field and Post-Production
COMM 375      Internship for Juniors
COMM 409      Senior Seminar
COMM 419      Advanced TV Production
COMM 461      Independent Study in Communication
COMM 475      Internship for Seniors

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