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”
Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters
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