Ronald Bishop, PhD
Professor of Communication
Office: PSA 107
- PhD, Communication, Temple University, 1997
Research and Teaching Interests
- Journalism Studies
- Popular Culture
- Mass Media Effects
- Sociology of Sports and Fame
Ron Bishop is a one-time sportswriter, one-time newspaper editor, one-time public relations manager who since he was a child growing up in northern New Jersey knew eventually he'd find his way into a classroom. A chance meeting with current Department of Culture and Communication colleague Ernie Hakanen at an academic conference in 1994, combined with his boss' decision a few months later to outsource the aforementioned PR job, was the catalyst for his career at Drexel.
Called the "fun and games professor" by his Dean, Ron has cobbled together an eclectic research program, inspired by one of his professors at Fordham University in the 1980s who suggested the study of communication is at times like foraging through a junkyard. Always on the lookout for how we make meaning from our experiences, researchers diligently comb through the glut of messages we receive today from a growing range of sources, looking for clues as to how this meaning making occurs.
Ron’s third book, More!: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation, will be published in the summer of 2011 by Baylor University Press. In it, Ron explores the narrative offered up by the media which suggests that we must engage in every activity – from having a baby to attending school to aging and dying – with zeal, elan, and gusto. More! follows books on the cultural importance of pick-up games and on the news media’s coverage of the court battle to remove the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Along the way, Ron has explored everything from coverage of gastric bypass surgery to why folks take up genealogical research.
Since 2003, Ron has proudly served as faculty advisor of The Triangle, Drexel’s independent – and excellent – student newspaper. He also keeps his baseball mitts, a Frisbee (appropriate since Ultimate Frisbee was invented in the parking lot behind his alma mater, Maplewood, NJ’s Columbia High School), and a regulation NFL football in his car at all times in case you want to have a catch.