jack Bratich at scholarship dinner


Professor of Journalism and Media Studies


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Jack Z. Bratich is professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. He has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and essays about the intersection of popular culture and political culture. His work applies social and political theory to such topics as social movements, craft culture, social media, and the cultures of secrecy. He is author of On Microfascism: Gender, War, Death https://www.commonnotions.org/on-microfascism(Common Notions, 2022); Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture (2008) and coeditor of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality (2003). 


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Institute of Communications Research
Ph.D., Communication and Media

Truman State University
B.A., Philosophy and Religion


Bratich takes a critical approach to media culture as an intersection of power, knowledge, and subjectivity. His recent book On Microfascism: Gender, War, Death https://www.commonnotions.org/on-microfascism(Common Notions, 2022); He is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Deathstyle Media: Digital Cultures of the Far Right

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Selected Publications

Bratich, J. Z., “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Covid!”: Anti-lockdown Protests as Necropopulist Downsurgency. Cultural Studies. (2021).

Bratich, J. (2020). Civil Society Must Be Defended: Misinformation, Moral Panics, and Wars of Restoration.Communication, Culture, and Critique.

Bratich, J. (2020). The People and the Public: Cyber-demagoguery and Populism as War. In A. Ron & M. Nadesan (Eds.), Mapping Populism, Routledge.

Bratich, J., & Banet-Weiser, S. (2019). From Pick-Up Artists to Incels: Con(fidence) Games, Networked Misogyny, and the Failure of Neoliberalism. International Journal of Communication.

Bratich, J.Z. Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture, 2008, SUNY Press. [Portions translated into Polish and Slovenian.]

Awards & Recognitions

Recipient of the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rutgers University, 2013

Additional Resources

Talks and Interviews
Patriarchy, War, and Microfascism: A Conversation with Jack Z. Bratich and Leopoldina Fortunati
Through Conspiracy Panic to Rational Paranoia? (Public Talk in Belgrade, Serbia 2021)
Jack Bratich on Microfascism
Men, war, capitalism and conspiracy - with Jack Bratich 
Jack Z. Bratich on the book, On Microfascism, Gender, Death, and War


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