Daniel Marcus

Associate Professor

Van Meter G56


BA, Swarthmore College
MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Media history and criticism, media and politics, documentary film, video production


Daniel Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Goucher. He writes on and teaches media and politics, documentary and alternative media, and cultural history. He wrote Happy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and edited ROAR! The Paper Tiger Television Guide to Media Activism (Wexner Center for the Arts/Paper Tiger Television, 1991). He also teaches video production courses; before entering academia, he worked on alternative media and documentary video productions.

Prof. Marcus was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia during 2006-07, and has co-lead, with Prof. Laura Burns of Art and Art History, several Intensive Courses Abroad to Slovenia, Bosnia, and Croatia, introducing students to the region's media and culture. The opportunities for these classes to meet with filmmakers, artists, and cultural activists have been especially memorable and inspiring.  

Prof. Marcus is currently working on two book projects: an analysis of media's roles in depicting political and economic developments in contemporary America, and a co-edited anthology on recent documentary filmmaking. He has also contributed chapters to The Television History Book, Television Histories, The Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, How to Watch Television, and Companion to Reality Television, as well as to journals such as Cinema Journal, Film and History, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  

He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his M.A. and Ph. D. in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.