STUART EWEN

Stuart Ewen is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College, and in the Ph.D. Programs in History, Sociology and American Studies at The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. He is considered one of the originators of the field of media studies, and his writings have continued to shape debate in the field.

Ewen is the author of a number of influential books, including PR! A Social History of Spin (1996) and All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture (1987; 1999). The latter provided the foundation for Bill Moyers' four-part PBS series, The Public Mind, which won Peabody, Emmy, and National Education Association award PR! was a finalist for The Financial Times Global Business Book Award in 1997, and provided the basis for the four- BBC Television series, The Century of the Self.


Ewen’s other books include Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture (1976, 2001) and with Elizabeth Ewen, Channels of Desire: Mass Images and the Shaping of American Consciousness (1982; 1992). His writings appear in French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Korean, and Japanese translation. He has recently launched and serves as editor of two online publications: Rejected Letters to the Editor and Stereotype and Society.


His most recent book, also with Elizabeth Ewen, is Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality (2006). Through a series of illustrative, historically situated vignettes, Typecasting presents an incremental interpretation of modern stereotyping through the interwoven fabrics of art, science, religion and popular culture.


The Ewens' next book, The Phantom of Certitude: The Folklore of Science in Popular Culture, will explore the resurgence of a near-evangelical biological determinism in American society and the ways that related developments are conveyed by the media and other forums of public discussion. The social implications of such renditions of scientific "discovery" stand at the heart of this project.


In June 2006, Ewen served as lead instructor and senior specialist at the Russian Fulbright Foundation Summer School sponsored by Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University. In St. Petersburg, he taught the first course on the history of American consumer culture to be offered in the former Soviet Union.


He lectures frequently at universities, museums, arts and community centers, both nationally and internationally. Among upcoming engagements, Ewen will be the keynote speaker at major international conferences in Glasgow, Scotland, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Barcelona. He will be teaching a week-long course in media history at Moscow State University (Russian Federation) in the spring of 2008.Ewen is consulting editor of Pensar la Publicidad, a new international journal published in Madrid. He is on the editorial board of the Advertising & Society Review, published by the Advertising Education Foundation and Johns Hopkins University Press. Ewen’s autobiographical essay, "Memoirs of a Commodity Fetishist," was featured as the 2001"Scholarly Milestone Essay" in the journal, Mass Communication and Society.


Under the name Archie Bishop, Ewen has worked as a photographer, pamphleteer, graphic artist, multimedia prankster, and political situationist for more than thirty years. His work has been exhibited internationally. In 2003-2004, Bishop’s work was part of a traveling international exhibit, “Toxic Landscapes,” funded by the Puffin Foundation, and was featured in “Tactical Action,” an exhibition at the Gigantic Art Space in Tribeca, New York. He has also produced two experimental films, Live Feed Live and The Physics of Perception.