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
M.A., Socology, University of Washington 1969
B.A. Central Washington State College 1967
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)
“Pandemic in the Time of Trump: Digital Media Logic and Deadly Politics.” Symbolic Interaction. 2020: 43 (3): 514-540.
“The Terrorism Enigma.” In Maximiliano E. Korstanje (editor), Allegories of a Never-Ending War: A Sociological Debate Revolving Around the War on Terror and 9/11. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2020: 83-104.
““Media Logic, Fear, and the Construction of Terrorism.” In William Gibson, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Dirk vom Lehn (editors), The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism. New York: Routledge. 2021: 277-287.
“Media, Terrorism, and the Politics of Fear.” In Nelson Ribeiro (editor), Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research. London: Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming.
“Media Logic and Media Psychology.” In Jan Van den Bulck (editor), The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. New York: Wiley. Forthcoming.
“Emotions and the Politics of Fear.” In Katrin Doveling, Christian von Scheve, and Elly Konijn (editors). Handbook of Emotions and the Mass Media, (2nd Edition). London: Routledge. Forthcoming.
“Capitalism, Hacking, and Digital Media.” In Adrian Scribano, Freddy Timmerman Lopez, and Maximiliano E. Korstanje (editors), Neoliberalism in Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. London: Palgrave MacMillan. 2019: 203-228.
“The Media Syndrome and Reflexive Mediation.” in Caja Thimm (editor), Media Logic(s). London: Palgrave MacMillan. 2018: 11-40.
“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.