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Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen
Communications & Media Studies

Joel Nathan Rosen

Program Director, Communications and Media Studies (2016)
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (2004)


  • B.S., Ohio State University (English Education)
  • M.A., University of Mississippi (Southern Studies)
  • M.A., University of Mississippi (Sociology)
  • Ph.D., University of Kent-Canterbury (Sociology)


Phone: 610-625-7814 
Office: Benigna Hall, Room 215
Personal website:

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Media in Culture; American Popular Music (especially the blues and its related genres); Sport; Celebrity and Reputation; Moral Panics in the Media; American and African-American Culture; and the American South


Joel Nathan Rosen (Associate Professor of Sociology) is Program Director in Communications and Media Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His research is premised on the relationship between human activity and human efficacy as portrayed in media and as demonstrated through such cultural idioms as sport, music, comedy, and other areas that intersect celebrity. He is the author of The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition (McFarland) and From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta (Carolina Academic Press), is coeditor of and a contributor to a multi-volume series that explores the relationship between sport and celebrity (University Press of Mississippi), and has been published in such varied journals and anthologies as The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2009-2010, The Sociology of Sport Journal, The Journal of Mundane Behavior, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, The Journal of Sport History, and Media History Monographs.

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