Michael J. Socolow

Associate Professor

434 Dunn Hall

Phone: (207) 581-1942

Email: michael.socolow@maine.edu


Michael J. Socolow is a media historian whose research centers upon America’s original radio networks in the 1920s and 1930s.  His scholarship on media history has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Technology & Culture, and other scholarly journals.  He is the author of Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016).  He was awarded the 2018 Broadcast Historian Award by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation and the Broadcast Education Association for Six Minutes in Berlin.  In 2019, Professor Socolow was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra [Australia]

He is also a former broadcast journalist who has worked as an Assignment Editor for the Cable News Network and as an information manager for the host broadcast organizations at the Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney Olympic Games.  He has written pieces on media regulation and media history for The New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Politico, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review, and other journalistic outlets.  In the Department of Communication and Journalism, he teaches CMJ 211: Journalism Studies I, CMJ 237: Journalism Across Platforms, CMJ 380: Advertising, Media & Society, CMJ 489: Seminar in Media Ethics, CMJ 520: Media History, CMJ 525: Propaganda and Political Persuasion, and other courses.

In July, 2020, Dr. Socolow was named Director of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine.

For more on Professor Socolow’s scholarship check out his Google Scholar profile.  He tweets at @michaelsocolow.

Recent publications:

Rush Limbaugh Was Trapped in the 80s,” Slate, February 17, 2021.

Substack Isn’t a New Model For Journalism – It’s a Very Old One,” The Conversation, December 7, 2020.

“Radio’s Waves of History: Media Activism and National Radio Network Historiography in the United States,” Journal of Radio and Audio Media 27 (2) (2020): 208-233. [Free access provided by Broadcast Education Association until April, 2021, as part of the “100 Years of Broadcasting” Symposium here].

“The Prohías Paradox: The Cold War Specificity and Existential Universality of ‘Spy vs. Spy’” in John Bird and Judith Yaross Lee eds. Seeing Mad: Essays on Mad Magazine’s Humor and Legacy (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2020): 177-192.

Derailed by Poor Messasging,” Inside Higher Ed, September 15, 2020.

Mike Wallace Is Here.” Journal of American History 107 (1) (June 2020): 291–292. [Movie Review].

Aiming for Novelty in Coronavirus Coverage, Journalists End Up Sensationalizing the Trivial and Untrue,” The Conversation, May 19, 2020.

How the Fireside Chat Provided a Model for Calming the Nation That President Trump Failed to Follow,” The Conversation, March 11, 2020.

Does Football Bear Responsibility for a Chiefs Legend’s 1980 Murder-Suicide?” Slate, January 31, 2020.

The Trouble with Tik Tok,” Politico, November 2, 2019.