Faculty Experts

Robert Thompson

Director, Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture Trustee Professor of Television, Radio and Film
Expertise

Dubbed a “pop culture ambassador” by the Associated Press, Robert Thompson has contributed to hundreds of radio and TV programs and publications.

He is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture. He was a visiting professor for six summers at Cornell University and served for nine years as professor and director of the N.H.S.I. Television and Film Institute at Northwestern University.

Thompson is the author or editor of five books: “Television’s Second Golden Age” (Continuum, 1996); “Prime Time, Prime Movers” (Little, Brown, 1992); “Adventures on Prime Time” (Praeger, 1990); and “Television Studies” (Praeger 1989).

He has been interviewed by a wide range of media outlets, including CBS’s “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours,” “The Early Show” and “The Evening News with Dan Rather”; NBC’s “Dateline,” “Today” and “Later Today”; ABC’s “20/20,” “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America”; PBS’s “Newshour”; MSNBC’s “Headlines & Legends” and “Playback”; CNN’s “Newsstand”; CNBC’s “Upfront Tonight with Geraldo Rivera”; Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor”; NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Fresh Air,” “On the Media” and “Anthem”; The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek Fortune, TV Guide and Variety.