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About James Castonguay

Professor James Castonguay is the founding director of the School of Communications and Media Arts (SCMA) in Fall 2015. Dr. Castonguay has been with the Department of Communication and Media Studies since 1999. He has been interviewed, quoted or had his research mentioned in media outlets like the New Yorker, Business Week, Broadcasting & Cable, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Boston Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, the Connecticut Post, Editor & Publisher, the Reuters and Xinhau news services, as well as CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.
Dr. Castonguay serves on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Educational Services Foundation, and is the Treasurer of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Dr. Castonguay is a contributing writer to the human rights magazine Witness, and was on the Communication Studies and Film and Video Studies faculty at the University of Michigan before joining SHU. He served as the CMS Department Coordinator and Chair for over a decade, and currently is the Director of the CMS graduate programs in corporate communication, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, film and digital media. He collaborates with the nonprofit Vision Project on multimedia documentaries that focus on issues of social justice. He received the 2009 Service Award from the Society for
Cinema and Media Studies.

Honors & Awards: He is a recipient of Sacred Heart University's "Final Four" Teaching Award. In 2010, Dr. Castonguay received the University College Faculty Award from SHU’s part-time students.
Publications: He has published academic articles in American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Global-e, the Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, the Hitchcock Annual, and Bad Subjects; the anthologies Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, Hollywood and War: The Film Reader, Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the “War on Terror,” Nothing That Is: Millennial Cinema and the Blair Witch Controversies, Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights, and Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal; and several encyclopedias.


1999 - Present Professor & Director School of Communication, Media & the Arts, Sacred Heart University School of Communication, Media & the Arts

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Honors and Awards

  • University College Faculty Award 2011
  • Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award 2005
  • "Final Four" Teaching Award


B.A. Sociology and Screen Studies, Clark University
M.A. Modern Studies, Film/Media Studies, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D. Modern Studies, Film/Media Studies, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Contact Information

School of Communication, Media & the Arts
Martire Center BUCM*W211 


Contributions to Books (7)

Articles (11)

Book Reviews (2)