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Dr. Ed McLuskie

Graduate Professor Emeritus
Phone: (208) 426-1927
Office Hours: Appointments as arranged by email
Website & Syllabi:

Spring 2017 Courses

COMM 498 Communication Seminar
COMM 505 Theory & Philosophy of Comm
NOTE: See Dr. McLuskie’s website for Course Descriptions

Teaching & Research Interests/Specialties: Critical Theory, Social Philosophy of Communication, Communication Theory, Mass Culture & Cultural Studies, Metascience & Communication Research.


Ph.D. (1975) University of Iowa

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS (domestic): Since 2015: Graduate Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Communication, Boise State University
2015-: Full Professor Emeritus, Boise State University; 2015-2021, Graduate Professor Emeritus, Graduate College; 2015-2017, Emeritus Professor for graduate & capstone courses in Critical & Communication Theory; 1981-2015, Professor, Department of Communication, BSU (promoted to Full Professor, 1989)
2009-2014: Guest Professor, for the graduate Capstone Seminar, Bilingual Education Graduate Program, Boise State
1978‑1980: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Florida Atlantic University
1974-1978: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Director, Center of Communication Inquiry (1975-78)
1971‑1974: Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa

2015: Guest Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Department of Media, Knowledge and Communication, University of Augsburg, Germany
2013: Guest Lecturer, PhD Programme seminar in Social Theory, Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2013: Guest Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, for Communication Studies and Critical Theory, University of Augsburg, Germany
2012: Guest Professor, Faculty of the Social Sciences, for Critical Media & Communication Theory, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
2005: Fulbright Professor, Tbilisi State University, Republic of Georgia, research & seminars in: Journalism & American Studies; Graduate Institute of Public Affairs, Critical Communication Studies; Translation Institute, Sociological Theory
2002: Guest Professor, Faculty of the Human and Social Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria
1997: Fulbright Professor, Instut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, University of Vienna

Professor McLuskie (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is an internationally recognized philosopher of communication and critical theorist, teaching seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Eurasia. Often appointed to guest professorships in Europe, he was twice named Senior Fulbright Professor to: (1) the Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, University of Vienna in1997, and (2) the Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi State University & the Georgian Graduate Institute for Public Affairs in 2005. While a full professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State, he also served as a guest professor for the Department of Bilingual Education, conducting the graduate Capstone Seminar in multicultural studies. In 2014, he was named Emeritus Professor for the university and Graduate Emeritus Professor by the Graduate College at Boise State. From 2009-2013, he served on the U.S. Fulbright Commission’s national Discipline Peer Review Committee, evaluating and recommending applications by aspiring Fulbright scholars to conduct research and teaching abroad. He also served as an expert reviewer for the European Science Foundation in 2013.
In Europe and the USA, Professor McLuskie teaches advanced seminars in critical communication studies, stressing “the critical” and “the communicative” as contested theoretical-conceptual approaches to research and teaching. An editorial board member and contributor to the journal Javnost-The Public in Europe, he engages U.S. public institutions, including university programs, for their instrumentalizations of “communication” and “the public.” His seminars encourage students to cultivate independent, critical, and informed assessments that go beneath surface veneers of mere information and training, to explore concepts and practices for their theoretical ambitions, conceptual restrictions, and ideological-political dimensions. His seminars challenge conformist pedagogies and the academy’s complicity in them, encouraging students to reconceptualize and reorient against the tides of corporatized, managerial inquiry and the professional consequences that result. His students have earned acceptance into and graduated from prestigious Ph.D. programs in Europe and the United States, in fields ranging through philosophy, German studies, Italian studies, international service, and communication/media studies. He continues to encourage the Ph.D.-bound M.A. and B.A. curriculum as vital to the meaning of the university and its fields of study, in the interest of counterpoints to short-term, short-sighted, and technologizing recipe-thinking for understanding communication.

Professor McLuskie typically connects students internationally. In 2015, students from his USA seminars presented and defended their final papers in a live conversational Webinar with German students from the University of Augsburg, Germany. It was his second such international Webinar while teaching on-site in both the USA and Europe. The first was 2012, with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia ( In 2013, one of his MA students defended a thesis prospectus at Uni-Augsburg in advance of defending the thesis at Boise State. The same year, former MA students joined him after earning their PhD’s elsewhere, to present research at a European conference on critical communication studies.
He lectures and publishes in communication and related fields, recently on social theory for a university-wide humanities and social science doctoral seminar at the University of Ljubljana. His research appears in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Javnost-The Public, and Medien & Zeit. He is a member of three editorial boards in Europe, and is a founder of the research division now known as “Philosophy, Theory & Critique,” in the International Communication Association (ICA). He also founded with fellow graduate students the Journal of Communication Inquiry in 1974, a journal that became a Sage journal in the 1990s. A lifetime member of ICA and of the European Institute for Culture and Communication, he has been a member of the American Sociological Association, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, the European Communication Research & Education Association, the International Association for Media & Communication, and the National Communication Association.