Faculty Biography

Marco Calavita

Dr. Marco Calavita is a Professor of Communication Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Culture and Communication from New York University and his B.A. in Theater Arts-Film from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before arriving at Sonoma he was a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at NYU, where he also worked as research assistant to Professor Todd Gitlin.

His book Apprehending Politics: News Media and Individual Political Development was published by SUNY Press (2005), and his journalism, criticism and research have appeared in Wired, Cineaste, the San Francisco Chronicle, SportsIllustrated.com, the Journal of Film & Video, the Journal of Communication, American Journalism, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism Studies, the Communication Review, the Atlantic Journal of Communication, and Popular Communication, among other publications and outlets. He is also a screenwriter, whose newest feature-length script (co-written) entitled Wrongful, is based on the true story of Marty Tankleff.

Some recent publications

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Mass Communication
  • Methods of Media Criticism
  • Mass Communication Theory & Research,
  • Screenwriting
  • America at the Movies
  • “Reality” TV and Film
  • Screening Violence
  • Advanced Media Criticism
  • Senior Seminar