Atsushi Tajima has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007.
Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006)
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. in Journalism and Public Communication, University of Alaska Anchorage
A.S. (US equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Nagao National College of Technology, Japan
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Eastern Communication Association
International Communication Association
More About Me
media and cultural studies
race and ethnicity
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Tajima tries to understand how the media operate, produce cultural products, and shape ways audiences think about themselves and their world. He emphasizes the extent to which we learn about society, such as politics, ourselves, and how to behave the social norm from mass-mediated messages. He tries to answer those inquiries through critical theories of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, globalization, media production, and audience effect. While Dr. Tajima primarily teaches mass media, media effect, critical and cultural studies, and visual communication, he also encourages students to craft their own research; he has directed a total of 85 student research projects during 2011–18, all presented at professional conferences. Because of this research mentorship, he was the recipient of the 2013 Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award.
His recent research appears in Journal of Magazines and New Media Research, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Newspaper Research Journal, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Feminist Media Studies.
COMN 160: S/Intro to Mass Communication
This course is designed to survey mass communication in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students are introduced to the broad function of mass media, as well as the specific function of each medium. The roles of technology and the impact of mass communication on society and individuals are also explored.
COMN 354: AdvIss-MedCom:Photo as VisComm
This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to mediated communication. Research in the area of mediated communication will be applied and discussed. The course may integrate both theories and practical applications. May be taken twice for credit but only under different subtitles. Prerequisites: COMN 102, 103, 107, and 160. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered at least once yearly.
COMN 368: Research in Media&Cultural St
This course explores and applies selected textual, qualitative and critical perspectives in media studies, as well as an overview of major trends and developments in contemporary research in this area. Research methods in media and cultural studies are emphasized. Offered: every other year Prerequisites: COMN 103 and COMN 160, and a minimum 3.00 average in the major, or permission of instructor.