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James Castonguay Ph.D.

Associate Dean School of Communication, Media and the Arts

Dr. James Castonguay is Professor of Communication and Founding Director of the School of Communication and Media Arts. He joined Sacred Heart University in 1999 after serving on the faculty at the University of Michigan. He was also the founding chair of SHU’s Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture in 2003, and served as the first director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at SHU. Dr. Castonguay has published widely on film, television, and media in journals like American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Discourse, the Hitchcock Annual, The Velvet Light Trap, Bad Subjects, and Global-e, as well as Headline Hollywood; Truth Claims; Nothing That Is; Hollywood and War; Rethinking Global Security; Glamour in a Golden Age; Cinematic Canines; Media Literacy Education in Action; Costume, Makeup and Hair; the Encyclopedia of Postmodernism; the Encyclopedia of American Immigration; the Encyclopedia of Television; and the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. He has written for the human rights magazine Witness and has collaborated on multimedia documentaries and exhibitions that focus on issues of social justice.

Dr. Castonguay has been interviewed, quoted or had his research mentioned in media outlets like the New Yorker, Business Week, Broadcasting & Cable, Adweek, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Quill, the Boston Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, the Connecticut Post, the Stamford Advocate, Editor & Publisher, the Reuters and Xinhau news services, as well as Poynter, WNPR, CNN, Fox News, the BBC and the floor of Congress. He is a recipient of Sacred Heart University’s “Final Four” Teaching Award and the Faculty Excellence Award from SHU’s University College, and received the service award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies after serving on its Executive Council as the Information Technology Officer and its Board of Directors as Treasurer. Castonguay has also served as an Administrative Officer to the American Council of Learned Societies, and currently sits on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Redding-Easton and the Cooperative Educational Services Foundation in Trumbull.