David L. Altheide is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus on the faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, where he taught for 37 years. His work has focused on the role of mass media and information technology in social control. His most recent books are "Terrorism and the Politics of Fear" (2nd Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), "The Media Syndrome" (Routledge,2016), "Media Edge: Media Logic and Social Reality" (Lang, 2014), "Qualitative Media Analysis" (2nd edition, Sage, 2012) and "Terror Post 9/11 and the Media" (Lang, 2009).
Altheide received the Cooley Award three times, given to the outstanding book in symbolic interaction, from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction: In 2007 for "Terrorism and the Politics of Fear" (2006); in 2004 for "Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis" (2002); and in 1986 for "Media Power" (1985). Altheide received the 2005 George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime contributions from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the society’s Mentor Achievement Award in 2007. In fall 2012, he was a Fulbright Specialist in Germany (Zeppelin University) and a Distinguished Research Professor in Australia (Law Faculty, University of New South Wales). He also received a Fulbright Specialist Award at The Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal in spring 2017.
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, San Diego 1974
Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. 2nd Edition (August 2017). Rowman and Littlefield. New York.
The Media Syndrome. 2016. Routledge. New York.
Media Edge: Media Logic and Social Reality. 2014. Peter Lang Publishers: New York.
The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism, Proceedings of the International Symposium. Pisa 2010, Volume II.2013. Co-editors: Andrea Salvini and Carolina Nuti. Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli.
Qualitative Media Analysis (2nd Edition). 2013.With Christopher J. Schneider, Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. 2009. Peter Lang Publishers: New York.
*Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. 2006. Lanham. MD. Altamira Press (A Division of Rowman and Littlefield). New York. Winner of the 2007 Charles Horton Cooley Award (The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction)
*Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. 2002. Winner of the 2004 Charles Horton Cooley Award (The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction)
“Media and Fear: After Terrorism.” Sociologia della Comunicazione, forthcoming.
“The Media Syndrome and Reflexive Mediation.” in Caja Thimm (editor), Media Logic(s). London: Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming.
“Mediated Fear and Social Control.” In. Mario de Vega, Victor Mazon Gardoqui, Daniela Silvestrin (eds.) Limen: Ecologies of Transmission. Mexico City & Berlin, Published by 17. 2016: 133-156.
“Deviance and the Mass Media.” In Erich Goode (editor), The Handbook of Deviance. Malden, NY: Wiley Blackwell. 2015: 298- 310.
“The Triumph of Fear: Connecting the Dots About Whistleblowers and Surveillance.” International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, 4 (1), 1-7, January-March 2014.
“Media Logic, Social Control, and Fear.” Communication Theory. (Special Issue: “Conceptualizing Mediatization,” Guest editors Andreas Hepp, Nick Couldry, and Thomas Hanitzsch). 2013: 23: 223-238.
“Shielding Risk,” Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 2013 (1): 97-120.
“Constructing Psychological Terror Post 9/11.” In Samuel Justin Sinclair and Daniel Antonius (editors). Political Psychology of Terrorism. Oxford University Press. 2013: Chapter 16.
“Preface to Volume,” (with Andrea Salvini) In The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism,. Proceedings of the International Symposium. Pisa 2010, Volume II, (Pisa, June 3-5, 2010) Co-editors: Andrea Salvini and Carolina Nuti. Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli: 7-11.
“Media Dramas and the Social Construction of Reality.” In Charles Edgley (ed.), The Drama of Social Life: A Dramaturgical Handbook. Surrey England: Ashgate. 2013: 181-196.
“Media Logic.” In Gianpietro Mazzoleni (editor) Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Malden, NY: Wiley Blackwell. 2015: 750-757.
“Media Logic and Social Power.” Empedocles—European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication. 2013: 3 (2):119-136.
“Late Innings: Reflections On An Academic Game.” In Norman K. Denzin and Lonnie Athens (editors), Studies in Symbolic Interaction: Studies in Symbolic Interaction: Blue-Ribbon Papers: Behind the Professional Mask: The Autobiolgraphies of Leading Symbolic Interactionists.: 2013:Vol. 38: 9-32.
“Symbolic Interaction Beyond the Borders.”. The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism, Proceedings of the International Symposium, Pisa 2010, Volume I. (Pisa, June 3-5, 2010) Co-editors: Andrea Salvini, Joseph A. Kotarba, Bryce Merrill. Franco Angelli: 2012: 45-54.
“Normal Crimes at Penn State.” With John M. Johnson. Cultural Studies<>Critical Methodologies. (Special Issue: “Policing the ‘Penn State Crisis.”) 2012: 12 (4): 301-305.
“Living in Arizona: Reflections on Life in the Tumultuous Sunbelt.” With John M. Johnson. Cultural Studies<>Critical Methodologies. 2011: 11:(4): 346-358.
“Reflections on Terrorism and Immigration in Arizona and the United States”, Economia Autonoma. 2011: 7: 93-99.
“Reflections on Interpretive Adequacy in Qualitative Research,” with John M. Johnson, in Norman K. Denzin and Yvonne S. Lincoln, editors, Handbook of Qualitative Research, 4th Edition, Sage. 2011: 581-594.
“Risk Communication and the Discourse of Fear,” in the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, Special Issue The Communicative Turn in Risk Communication Theory and Practice, Guest editors, Tom Horlick-Jones and Jordi Farré.2011: 2, 2: 145-158.
“Fear, Terrorism and Popular Culture,” in Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula & Karen Randell eds. Reframing 9 / 11: Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror”. New York: Palgrave 2010: 11-22.