Timothy Recuber

Timothy Recuber
Timothy Recuber

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Kirner-Johnson 248

Timothy Recuber's research explores the mass mediation of disasters, suffering and death. His work traces the shifting norms about these topics as they play out on television news and reality TV, in documentaries and online. He examines the subject in his book, Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster (Temple University Press, 2016). The work looks at how media coverage of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the 2008 financial crisis encouraged viewers to empathize with the suffering of others – but in individualistic and short-sighted ways. Recuber's next project looks at the ways in which we engage with death and dying online – from social networking sites to online suicide notes to blogs of the terminally ill.

Recent Courses Taught

Witnessing Disaster
Digital Divisions: Race, Class, and Gender Online

Research Interests

Disasters, death and dying, selfhood

Select Publications

  • Recuber, Timothy. Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America’s Decade of Disaster. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. (November 2016).
  • Recuber, Timothy. Forthcoming. “Digital Discourse Analysis: A Small Data Approach to Online Spaces.” In Digital Sociologies (J. Daniels, T. McMillan Cottom & K. Gregory, eds). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.
  • Maria Medvedeva and Timothy Recuber. Forthcoming. “Developing an Original Argument: A Strategy for College Writing.” College Teaching.
  • Recuber, Timothy. 2016. “From Obedience to Contagion:  Discourses of Power in Milgram, Zimbardo, and the Facebook Experiment.” Research Ethics, 12 (1), 44-54.
  • Recuber, Timothy. 2015. “Occupy Empathy? Online Politics and Micro-narratives of Suffering.” New Media and Society, 17 (1), 62-77 (published Online First October 6, 2013). 
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  • Recuber, Timothy. 2013. “Disaster Porn!” Contexts, 12 (2), 28-33.                                                     
  • Recuber, Timothy. 2012. “The Prosumption of Commemoration: Disasters, Digital Memory Banks, and Online Collective Memory.” American Behavioral Scientist, 56 (4), 531-549.                       
  • Recuber, Timothy. 2009. “The Terrorist as Folk Devil and Mass Commodity: Moral Panics, Risk, and Consumer Culture.” The Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, 9, 158-170.           
  • Zukin, Sharon, Valerie Trujilo, Peter Frase, Danielle Jackson, Tim Recuber, and Abraham Walker. 2009. “New Retail Capital and Neighborhood Change: Boutiques and Gentrification in New York City.” City and Community, 8 (1), 47-64.                                                                                                                                             
  • Recuber, Tim. 2007. “Immersion Cinema: The Rationalization and Reenchantment of Cinema Space.” Space and Culture, 10 (3), 315-330.

Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
National Communication Association
Cultural Studies Association

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park

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