Josh Roiland


416 Dunn Hall

Phone: (314) 550-9156

Fax: (207) 581-1286


Josh Roiland is a cultural historian of the American news media. He researches and teaches courses on the history and practice of literary journalism, the relationship between journalism and democratic processes, depictions of the press in popular culture, and the future of news production and consumption in the digital age. Roiland received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University in 2011. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: The Elements of Literary Journalism: The Political Promise of Narrative News and The Rest is Silence: The Unexplored Nonfiction of David Foster Wallace. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism, Roiland is also the CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism in the Honors College. Visit his website: for full-text versions of his articles and essays and two dozen different course syllabi. He tweets about journalism and culture @JoshRoiland