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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.

Education

Ph.D. Sociology,  University of California, San Diego 1974

Publications
  • Recent books:
  • 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)

  • Recent Publications: 

  • “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.                    

  • David Altheide. War and Mass Mediated Evidence. Cultural Studies<->Critical Methodologies (2009).
  • David L Altheide. ""Moral Panic: From Sociological Concept to Public Discourse". Crime, Media, Culture (2009).
  • David L. Altheide. "The Columbine Shootings and the Discourse of Fear.". American Behavioral Scientist (2009).
  • Altheide, David L. Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. (2009).
  • David L. Altheide. "Terrorism and Propaganda,". Studies in Symbolic Interaction (2009).
  • David L. Altheide. Ethnographic Content Analysis,". The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research (2008).
  • . . Review of: The Soap Opera Paradigm (2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "The Evidentiary Narrative: Notes Toward A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective About Evidence,". Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence (2008).
  • David L. Altheide and Jennifer N. Grimes. "War Making and Propaganda: Media Responsibility for Human Rights Communication.". Studies in Communication: Human Rights and Media (2008).
  • David L. Altheide, with Michael Coyle, Katie DeVriese and Christopher Schneider. "Emergent Qualitative Document Analysis". Handbook of Emergent Methods in Social Research (2008).
  • David L. Altheide. Worst Cases and Dark Times; Review of Lee Clarke’s Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, and Jeffrey C. Goldfarb’s The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times. (2008).
  • David Altheide. The Mass Media and Terrorism. Discourse and Communication (2007).
  • David Altheide, Katie DeVries. Perps and Junkies: Normalizing Stigma in the Mass Media. Crime, Media, Culture (2007).
  • . . Review of: Media Democracy: How the Media Colonize Politics (2007).
  • . . Review of: Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society (2007).
  • Altheide, David Lynn (Author) . Pat Tillman's death and the Military/Media Complex. Communicating War: Memory, Media and the Military (2007).
  • David L. Altheide. "Pat Tillman’s death and the Military/Media Complex,". Communicating War: Memory, Media and the Military (2007).
  • Altheide, David Lynn. Deviance and the Mass Media. Encyclopedia of Sociology (2006).
  • David Altheide. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. Cultural Studies<->Critical Methodologies (2006).
  • David Altheide. The Mass Media, Crime and Terrorism. Journal of International Criminal Justice (2006).
  • David Altheide, Michael Coyle. Smart on Crime: The New Language for Prisoner Release. Crime, Media Culture (2006).
  • Altheide, David Lynn. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. (2006).
  • . . Review of: ,Apprehending Politics: News Media and Individual Political Development (2006).
  • . . Review of: Apprehending Politics: News Media and Individual Political Development. Contemporary Sociology (2006).
  • David Altheide. War Programming: The Propaganda Project and the Iraq War. The Sociological Quarterly (2005).
  • David Altheide, Jennifer Grimes. War Programming: The Propaganda Project and the Iraq War. The Sociological Quarterly (2005).
  • . . Review of: Media Democracy: How the Media Colonize Politics. Political Communication (2005).
  • . . Studies in Communication: Human Rights and Media (2005).
  • Altheide, David Lynn (Author) ,Grimes, Jennifer N (Author) . News Management and the Iraq War. Censored 2006 (2005).
  • Parkin, William (Author) ,Cavender, Gray (Author) ,Kupchik, Aaron (Author) ,Altheide, David Lynn (Author) ,Hanson, Randel (Author) . Timothy McVeigh: The Social Construction of an American Terrorist. Israel and the International Community: Israel Studies in Criminology (2005).
  • Altheide, David Lynn. Ethnographic Content Analysis. Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods (2004).
  • David Altheide. Consuming Terrorism. Symbolic Interaction (2004).
  • David Altheide. Media Logic and Political Communication. Political Communication (2004).
  • David Altheide. The Control Narrative of the Internet. Symbolic Interaction (2004).
  • . . Review of: The Social Construction of International News: We're Talking About them, They're Talking About Us (2004).
  • Altheide, David Lynn (Author) . Mass Media, Crime and the Discourse of Fear. La Televisione del Crimine (2004).
  • David Altheide. Notes Towards a Politics of Fear. Journal for Crime, Conflict and the Media (2003).
  • . . Review of: Review of David R. Maines, The Faultline of Consciousness: A View of Interactionism in Sociology (2003).
  • Altheide, David Lynn. The Mass Media. Handbook of Symbolic Interactionism (2003).
  • Altheide, David Lynn (Author) . Communication as Power in Peter Hall's Work. Studies in Symbolic Interaction (2003).
  • Altheide, David Lynn. Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crises. (2002).
Presentations
  • David L. Altheide. The Terrorism Narrative. International Symbolic Interaction Conference, Pisa, Italy (Jun 2010).
  • David L. Altheide. The Relevance of Symbolic Interaction. International Symbolic Interaction Conference, Pisa, Italy (Jun 2010).
  • David L. Altheide. Terror Post 9/11. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference (Mar 2010).
  • David L. Altheide. Media Logic and Media Effects. Seminar, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, (Oct 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. University Seminar, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany (Oct 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. Oberseminar, Institut fuer Sociologie, Universitaet Munchen (Oct 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. Moral Panic: From Sociological Concept to Public Discourse,". Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, (Aug 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. Mass Media Issues. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (San Francisco) (Aug 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. The Politics of Fear. Department of Sociology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, (Jun 2009).
  • David L. Altheide. "The Mass Media, Fear, and Social Issues". presented to the faculty and students of The Evergreen State College (Oct 2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "Fear, Terrorism, and Social Control,". presented to the faculty and students of St. Martin’s College (Oct 2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "Creating, Framing and Amplifying Fear,". World Social Summit Conference (on Global Fear) (Oct 2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "The Future of Symbolic Interactionism,". Facolta di Sicenze Politiche, University of Pisa (Sep 2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "Terrorism and Propaganda,". Peter M. Hall Lecturer, Midwest Sociological Association Meetings (Mar 2008).
  • David L. Altheide. "Framing Fear,". Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit (Jan 2008).
  • Altheide, David. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. Faculty and Students of Northern Arizona University (Nov 2006).
  • Altheide, David. Fraud and Rhetoric in Social Control: A Case Analysis of Banking. Colloquium at St. Martin's College (Oct 2006).
  • Altheide, David. Professor David Price Colloquium: Using the Freedom of Information Act to Understand Government Surveillance and Repression". School of Justice and Social Inquiry Colloquium (Feb 2006).
  • Altheide, David. Reflections on Performance Ethnography: But Is It Sociology?. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference (Feb 2006).
  • Altheide, David. Terrorism and the Mass Media. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference (Feb 2006).
  • Altheide, David, Coyle, Michael, Schneider, Christopher. Emergent Qualitative Document Analysis. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference (Feb 2006).
  • Altheide, David. Terrorism, Propaganda, and the Politics of Fear. Presented to the Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside (Nov 2005).
  • Altheide, David. The Mass Media and Social Change. St. Martin's College, Olympia, WA (Oct 2005).
  • Altheide, David. Interactionist Methods In Studying the Media. presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (Aug 2005).
  • Altheide, David, Grimes, Jennifer. A Sociological analysis of the Lack of Media Coverage of The Project for a New American Century and the Iraq War. (With ). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Or (Apr 2005).
  • Altheide, David. The Mass Media, Terrorism, and the Politics of Fear. Presented at the Symposium on the Media and Iraq, University of Washington (Apr 2005).
  • Altheide, David, DeVries, Katie. Perps and Junkies: Normalizing Stigma in the Mass Media. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference, Denver, CO (Feb 2005).
  • Altheide, David, Johnson, John. The Heroic Process and Pat Tillman. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference, Denver, CO (Feb 2005).
  • Altheide, David. Panel Member: Roundtable on Cyber-methods. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference, Denver, CO (Feb 2005).
  • Altheide, David. Mass Media and the Politics of Fear. Pacific Lutheran University (Nov 2004).
  • Altheide, David. Mass Media and the Politics of Fear. Public Lecture (Nov 2004).
  • Altheide, David. Fear of Crime and the Challenge for Crime Analysts. International Association of Crime Analysts (Sep 2004).
  • Altheide, David, Coyle, Michael. Smart on Crime: The New Language for Prisoner Release. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (Aug 2004).
  • Altheide, David, Grimes, Jennifer. The Propaganda Project and the Iraq War. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Aug 2004).
  • Altheide, David. A New Academic Culture. Communities in Collaboration: Social Science Graduate Research Symposium (Apr 2004).
  • Altheide, David. Constructing the Politics of Fear: From Crime to Terrorism. Couch-Stone Symbolic Interaction Conference (Feb 2004).
  • Altheide, David. Terrorism, Propaganda and the Politics of Fear. Presented to the School of ". School of Communication seminar, Communication, Terrorism and National Security, ASU (Feb 2004).
  • Altheide, David. Crime, Media Logic, and the Discourse of Fear. the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (Denver, CO) (Nov 2003).
  • Altheide, David. Mass Media, Crime and the Discourse of Fear. International Media and Crime Conference, State University II, and Università Cattolica of S.C (May 2003).
  • Altheide, David. Culture, Politics and the Media. Symposium on the Sociology of Cultural Institutions, University of Missouri (Apr 2003).
  • Altheide, David. News and the Politics of Fear. Evergreen State College
Service
  • Crime, Media Culture, International Advisory Board (2010 - Present)
  • The Politics of Fear, Community Talks, Tempe Public Library (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty Senate, Senator (2009 - Present)
  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Mead Award Committee (2009 - Present)
  • Lifelong Learning Institute, ASU Polytechnic Campus, Lecture (2008 - Present)
  • Lifelong Lerning Institute, ASU Polytech campus, presenter: The Politics of Fear (2008 - Present)
  • Critical Studies on Terrorism, Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Annual Performance Review Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Foothills Democrats Civic Breakfast, Presenter: Fear and the Mass Media (2006 - Present)
  • Mental Health Association of Arizona, Keynote Address: Mental Illness and the Media: From Stigma to Terrorism (2006 - Present)
  • Policy Work Group (1999-2007), Member (2006 - Present)
  • Recruitment Committee, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Committee Chair (2002-2007), Chair (2006 - Present)
  • The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Presenter: "Terrorism and the Politics of Fear." (2005 - Present)
  • Contemporary Ethnography, reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Discourse and Society, Advisory Board (2005 - Present)
  • Political Communication, reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Qualitative Sociology, reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • The Sociological Quarterly, Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Associate Editor (2004 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Symbolic Interaction, Advisory Editor (2004 - Present)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD Degree in Communication, Member (2002 - Present)
  • President Crow's Academic Council (2002-09), Membe (2002 - Present)
  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Publications Committee (2007 - 2010)
  • Annual Performance Review Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Justice Studies Personnel Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Academic Senate, Senator (2009 - 2009)
  • Ad hoc Sabbatical Reviews, Reviewer (2004)
  • American Sociological Review, reviewer (2004)
  • Arizona Institute for Peace Education and Research, Lecutre: The Mass Media and the Politics of Fear (2004)
  • Contemporary Ethnography, reviewer (2004)
  • Critical Studies in Mass Communication, revuewer (2004)
  • Graduate College Representative on PhD Defenses, Outside member (2004)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD Degree in Communication, Member (2004)
  • International Studies Quarterly, reviewer (2004)
  • Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, reviewer (2004)
  • Law and Social Inquiry, reviewr (2004)
  • Policy Work Group (1999-2005), Member (2004)
  • Political Communication, reviewer (2004)
  • President Crow's Academic Council (2002-04), Membe (2004)
  • Qualitative Inquiry, reviewer (2004)
  • Qualitative Sociology, reviewer (2004)
  • Regents' Professor Selection Committee (2002-05), Member (2004)
  • Sociological Perspectives, reviewer (2004)
  • The Sociological Quarterly, Reviewer (2004)
  • Undergraduate Committee Chair (2002-2005), Chair (2004)
  • Various News Media Interviews about fear, violence and social control, Expert (2004)