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Professor of Communication, Radford University

Media historian, author of "Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age," published by Bloomsbury in 2016, and other books about mass media history, including "Mass Media and Environmental Conflict" (with Mark Neuzil, Sage, 1997). Kovarik's dissertation was "The Ethyl Controversy: How the news media set the agenda for a public health controversy over leaded gasoline, 1924-1926," available at


  • –present
    Professor of Communication , Radford University


  • 1993 
    University of Maryland, PhD