Michael J. Socolow

M. 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.

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 organization at the Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney Olympic Games.  He has written pieces on media regulation and media history for Slate, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review, and other journalistic outlets.  In the Department of Communication and Journalism, he serves as Internship Coordinator and 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.

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

Recent publications:

When Historians Traffic in Fake News,” Washington Post, October 30, 2018.  [co-author with Jefferson Pooley]

What Elizabeth Warren Can Learn From George Foreman,” Boston Globe, October 24, 2018.

The Times Would Have Been Crazy Not To Publish That Op-EdPolitico, September 10, 2018.

The Thai Teens and the Baby in the Well,” Boston Globe, July 9, 2018.

Mad Magazine’s Clout May Have Faded, But Its Ethos Matters More Than Ever Before,” The Conversation, May 11, 2018.  [Syndicated by Associated Press, reprinted in Washington Post, Bangor Daily News, and Los Angeles Times]

How To Prevent Smart People From Spreading Dumb Ideas,” New York Times, March 22, 2018.