Tim Gibson

Tim Gibson

Tim Gibson

Associate Chair

Associate Professor

Critical media studies, mass communication theory, and urban communication

Tim Gibson is an Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty Affiliate in the Cultural Studies PhD program at George Mason University.

Tim Gibson's research interests include critical media studies, the political economy of communication, and urban studies. He has published articles at the intersection of media and urban studies in a variety of communication and cultural studies journals. He is also author of Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle, a book which explores issues of gentrification and urban poverty in Seattle during the 1990s, and co-editor (with Mark Lowes) of Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (for which he won the 2007 Urban Communication Foundation's Jane Jacobs Book Award). Finally, he currently serves as the president of the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS), which holds its next conference right here at George Mason University in March 2020. You can follow Tim on Twitter @timgibson.

Selected Publications

Gibson, T.A. (2018). The post-truth double helix: Reflexivity and mistrust in local politics. International Journal of Communication, 12, 3167-3185. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2017).  Streetcar desires: The death of the Arlington Streetcar and the cultural politics of smart growth development, communication +1, 6, article 7. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2016). Economic, technological, and organizational factors influencing news coverage of climate change. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A., Craig, R.T., Harper, A.C., Alpert, J.M. (2016). Covering global warming in dubious times: Environmental reporters in the new media ecosystem. Journalism, 17, 417-434. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2015). The rise and fall of Adrian Fenty, Mayor-triathlete: Cycling, gentrification, and class politics in Washington, D.C. Leisure Studies, 34, 230-249.  Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2014). In defense of law and order: Urban space, fear of crime, and the virtues of social control. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38, 223-242. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2014). Property outlaws in cyberspace and meatspace? Examining the relationship between online peer production and support for property violations. Triple C: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, 12, 876-890. Available online here.

Gibson, T.A. (2013). Advertising empire: Reflections on defense contractor ads in Washington, D.C. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 9, 4, n.p. Available online here.

Gehl, R., & Gibson, T.A. (2012).  Building a Blog Cabin in a financial crisis: Circuits of struggle in the digital enclosure. Television & New Media, 13, 48-67. Available online here.

Courses Taught

COMM 302 Foundations of Media Theory
CULT 320 Globalization and Culture
COMM 380 Media Criticism
COMM 400/490 Research Methods
COMM 602 Research and Theory of Mass Communication
COMM 725 Qualitative Research Methods
COMM 798 Communication Research Projects


BA in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 1992.

MA in Communication, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1995.

PhD in Communication, Simon Fraser University, 2001.

Dissertations Supervised

Allison Harper, Implicit and Explicit Race and Gender Bias in Intercollegiate Policy Debate (2018)

Cecilia Uy-Tioco, Texting Capital: Mobile Phones, Social Transformation, and the Reproduction of Power in the Philippines (2013)

Kathalene Razzano, Who’s Your Daddy?: The Paternity Test and the Logic of Paternity (2012)

Gina Castle Bell, “I Still Have a Dream…": Exploring Black and White Communication Challenges in 21st Century America (2012)