Brian J. Bowe, Ph.D.

J. Bowe

Associate Professor
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Brief Biography

Brian J. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture. Bowe has 20 years experience teaching journalism and mass communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, CELSA/Université Paris-Sorbonne, and Western Washington University. As a Fulbright Scholar, Bowe taught in the American Studies graduate program at the University of Jordan. He also served as the lead on a U.S. State Department grant to work on a journalism education collaboration with L'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information in Tunisia.

Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University, where he also completed the Certification in College Teaching program. His research interests include journalism curriculum design and assessment and media framing and representations of Muslims and Islam in Western media coverage. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary "The Death of an Imam." He was also co-creator and assistant director of the Social Science Research Council-funded project “Migrations of Islam: Muslim-American Culture in the 21st Century.”

Bowe has written extensively about music. He is the author of young adult biographies of the Ramones, the Clash and Judas Priest. He is the co-editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins), and has written liner notes for releases by Iggy and the Stooges, the MC5 and Was (Not Was). Bowe served as editor in chief of the online resurrection of CREEM Magazine and has published in regional and national publications such as Harp, Blurt, MLive and the Metro Times.

As a journalist, Bowe has worked at publications in Michigan and New Hampshire, covering beats like local government, business, transportation and entertainment. He has been published in outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The New Arab, The Washington Post, Crain’s Detroit Business, Grand Rapids Press, Ann Arbor News, and Muskegon Chronicle.

Research Interest
  • Media framing
  • Agenda setting
  • Journalism curriculum design, assessment, and accreditation
  • Western media coverage of Islam and Muslims
  • Popular music
  • Punk rock