• Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Hoover, Stewart M Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Professor Hoover's research focuses on the relationship between media and religion in domestic and international contexts. As an expert in media audience studies, he employs qualitative, interpretive, and ethnographic field methodologies as well as critical reception analysis to study the ways that religion is being changed in the media age. He has a growing international reputation for his work in this new and emerging field, and is a frequent lecturer, commentator and consultant on this topic both domestically and globally.


  • media audiences; media systems, policy, regulation, practice, and media audience measurement; qualitative and interpretive methods; humanistic analysis including hermeneutic, semiotic, historical; media and religion


selected publications


courses taught

  • MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the historical development of communication forms, tools, technologies and institutions (orality, writing, printing, photography, film, radio, television, computers, internet); their influence on culture (forms of expression and social relationships); and their impact on social and individual experience. Applies knowledge of communication history to contemporary social issues and problems in media and society, domestically and internationally.
  • MDST 4371 - Media and Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines the way religion uses media as a social and political force. Introduces the major themes and trends in the mediation of religion and the religious inflection of the media in professional, popular, and emerging media contexts.
  • MDST 7011 - Proseminar in Media Communication Theory 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the principal concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7011.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

Other Profiles