A.J. Bauer is a visiting assistant professor of 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 working on a book manuscript based on his doctoral dissertation, "Before 'Fair and Balanced': Conservative Media Activism and the Rise of the New Right." He is co-editor of News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures (Oxford 2019), and his essays and commentary have appeared in American Journalism, Columbia Journalism Review, NiemanLab, Social Text: Periscope, The New Inquiry, The Guardian, and TV Guide.
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%.