Department of Communication Studies

Bettina Fabos

Associate Professor

Interactive Digital Studies

Research Interests

My research concerns three areas: media culture, visual literacy, and digital visualization. I am currently working on a large interactive digital timeline that chronicles Hungarian history (through photos and animation) from 1848-1956. I have a huge interest in promoting (and actively using) nonprofit digital archives. And I am the co-author of Media and Culture, the leading introduction to mass communication textbook. I am also the co-author of Media Essentials and Media IN Society. My background is in journalism, media production, and media literacy pedagogy.

Teaching Interests

I teach classes in the Interactive Digital Studies program, and am interested in combining theoretical concepts with hands on digital projects.

Courses Taught

Interactive Digital Communication, Digital Culture, Interactive Digital Visualization, Media Literacy, Mass Communication & Society, Seminar in Visualization: Research & Performance, Online Journalism,

Personal/Professional Interests

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, my M.A. from the University of Michigan, and my B.A. from Oberlin College. While earning my doctorate at the University of Iowa I was the recipient of a four-year Iowa Presidential Fellowship followed by a Spencer Fellowship.  In the spring 2013 term, I was in Budapest, Hungary for a Fulbright Research Fellowship.  Web Site:


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