Seasoned Journalist Joe Cutbirth Named Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College

Expert in media studies to advise student newspaper.

Media studies expert and seasoned journalist Joe Cutbirth has been named assistant professor of communication at Manhattan College and adviser to the College’s student-run newspaper, The Quadrangle. Cutbirth will also teach a series of classes and critique the journalistic work of recipients of the College’s Quadrangle scholarship.

“The Communication department is thrilled to have Joe Cutbirth aboard and is thrilled that he chose to come to Manhattan College to begin this next stage in his exceptional career,” said Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., chair of the department. “Joe is among that rare breed in our discipline in that he has both a Columbia J-School Ph.D. (as well as a substantial body of academic research) and professional experience — having worked as both a journalist and a communication director and media consultant in Texas state politics.”

Cutbirth will oversee the journalism major within the Communication department, and is teaching Introduction to Journalism, Advanced Reporting and Quadrangle I and II during the fall semester.

As a political blogger for the Huffington Post since 2007, he regularly writes about politics and examines the social impact of mass media. He was a recurring analyst for Politics Live with Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein on ABC News Now during the 2008 presidential election. Cutbirth also served as the former communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, and worked for Gov. Ann Richards’ 1994 re-election campaign and the Clinton-Gore 1996 Texas coordinated campaign.

Prior to working as a communication director, he reported on government and Texas politics for more than a decade, mainly for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His work also has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Texas Observer, Education Weekly, and Northwest Magazine. He was a contributing writer to the politics section of The Lonely Planet Phrase Book and a co-editor of Beaches, Bureaucrats and Big Oil: One Man’s Fight for Texas.

Cutbirth completed his Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2011, and has researched and published an assortment of books, chapters and journal articles on the increasingly complex relationship between satire and traditional journalism in presidential politics. An international speaker on the topic, Cutbirth is cited as an expert by The New York Times, British Broadcasting Corp., Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CBC, CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Recently, Cutbirth was a visiting lecturer in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia during the 2011-2012 academic year. In the past, he has also taught at the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University’s Department of Journalism, The New School’s Department of Media Studies, Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, and Marymount Manhattan College’s Department of Communication Arts. He graduated from Georgetown University with an M.A. in communication and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas.

“The fight for industry leadership this decade will be won by newsmen and newswomen with the energy and vision to use technology to double down on journalism as a social practice,” said Cutbirth, when reflecting on the state of journalism. “Technology is how we gather, package and deliver news, but the fundamentals of telling stories richly and precisely, and of giving people information they need to govern themselves and prosper in a global society, are more important than ever before.”