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About David R. Coon

As a scholar and teacher I explore ideas and meanings in popular culture as they circulate among different media formats, including film, television and advertising, primarily in the context of the United States. I am particularly interested in the ways that our understandings of social identity (gender, sexuality, race, class, nation) are reflected in and shaped by popular media. I am also intrigued by the relationships between media and built environments such as cities and suburbs. I have a professional background in video and film production, and this experience shapes all aspects of my work.
My research and teaching are situated within a cultural studies framework. As such, I am committed to the critical examination of the trends of mass-disseminated popular media and the seemingly mundane patterns of everyday life, as I believe that this examination can help us to better understand who we are as individuals and as a society.


Present Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Associate Professor of Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington, Tacoma
2016 - 2019 Vice Chair, Division of Culture, Arts, and Communication, University of Washington, Tacoma
2008 - 2014 Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma
2003 - 2008 Associate Instructor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
2001 - 2003 Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
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  • TFILM 488 – Gender and Sexuality in Film
  • TFILM 483 – Film Directors (Tim Burton, David Lynch)
  • TFILM 272 – Film Studies
  • TCOM 499 – Special Topics: Media and Culture of the 1980s
  • TCOM 471 - Advanced Video Production
  • TCOM 440 – Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • TCOM 351 – Video Production
  • TCOM 347 – TV Criticism and Application
  • TCOM 247 – Television Studies
  • TCOM 201 – Media and Society
  • TARTS 320 - Improvisational Theater and Performance in Everyday Life


2008 Ph.D, Indiana University ‐ Communication and Culture
2003 M.A., Bowling Green State University ‐ Popular Culture
1997 B.S., Miami University ‐ Mass Communication, emphasizing video production
1997 B.S., Miami University ‐ Marketing with a minor in Management

Videos (1)

Books (2)

Book Chapters (4)

Films (1)

Articles (5)

Editorials (2)

Encyclopedia Entries (3)