Richard T Craig

Richard T Craig

Richard T Craig

MA Program Director

Media ownership, telecommunication/media policy, media political economy, media representation of marginialized groups (race,gender, religion, etc...), popular culture

Dr. Craig is an Associate Professor of Communication at George Mason University. He has been a part of the university and the Department of Communication since the fall of 2009.  Dr. Craig received his BA in Journalism from Olivet College, his MA in Telecommunications Management from Michigan State University, and his PhD in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Howard University.

His research centers on mass media political economy; addressing the production, distribution and consumption of media content.  He takes particular interest in exploring the social structure/struggle embedded in media production and interpreted in media consumption.  His goal is to use research to influence the development of policy to enhance opportunities for media production and distribution by marginalized cultures.

Selected Publications

Craig, R. (2016). “Malice at the Palace”: Criminializing of the Black male body in newspaper sports commentary. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. (Forthcoming)

Hopson, M. C., Castle Bell, G., Craig, R. (2016). Driving While Black (DWB). In J. Stone, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, A. Smith and X. Hou (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)

Hopson, M. C., Castle Bell, G. Craig, R. (2016). Race and crime. In J. Stone, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, A. Smith and X. Hou (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)

Craig, R. (2015).  African Americans and Mass Media: A Case for Diversity in Media Ownership. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.

Craig, R. (2015). “I know what them girls like”: A rhetorical analysis of thug appeal in rap lyrics. Journal of Communication Inquiry. Available online

Gibson, T., Craig, R., Harper, A., Alpert, J.M. (2015). Covering global warming in dubious times: Science reporters in the new media ecosystem. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Available online

Castle Bell, G., Hopson, M. C., Craig, R., N.W. Robinson (2015). Exploring Black and White accounts of 21st century racial profiling and prejudice: Riding and driving while Black. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication 15(1), 33-42.

 Craig, R. (2013) Review of The Problem of the Future World: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Race Concept at Midcentury. By Eric Porter. Journal of Race and Policy 9(1), 95-97.



Courses Taught

COMM 202: Mass Communication and Society
COMM 302: Foundations of Mass Communication
COMM 350: Mass Communication and Policy
COMM 456: Comparative Mass Media

COMM 690: Popular Culture and Health


PhD, Mass Communication/Media Studies, Howard University, 2011

M.A., Telecommunications Management, Michigan State University, 2002

B.A., Journalism, Olivet College, 1999