AJ Bauer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

AJ Bauer


A.J. Bauer is a visiting assistant professor in Media, Culture, and Communication and a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU, where he specialized in historical and contemporary right-wing movements and conservatism in the United States.

He is currently at work co-editing News on the Right, a volume of essays on conservative news cultures under contract with Oxford University Press. He is also drafting a book manuscript based upon his doctoral dissertation, "Before 'Fair and Balanced': Conservative Media Activism and the Rise of the New Right." His essays and commentary have appeared in American Journalism, Social Text: Periscope, The New Inquiry, and The Guardian.

A former journalist, his reporting has appeared in The Daily Texan (which he used to edit), the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas Observer, The Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe. He also contributed to Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America (OR Books, 2011; Haymarket, 2012), as a member of Writers for the 99%.