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Ralph Beliveau

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Ralph Beliveau

Associate Professor, Creative Media Production and Professional Writing Head

Office: 3513 Gaylord Hall


  • University of Iowa (PhD)
  • Northwestern University (BS)


Dr. Beliveau teaches in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research focuses on critical media literacy and learning, media criticism, film/video studies, popular culture, documentary theory production and history, and rhetorical criticism. He has written about network society, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, and Paolo Freire and media literacy. At the University of Iowa he completed his Ph.D. and a program in Rhetoric of Inquiry, and received a B.S. in media production from Northwestern University.

Other areas of expertise include broadcast journalism, popular culture, and rhetoric. He ran an FM radio and cable television program while teaching at a high school on the Southwest side of Chicago, and worked in L.A. in independent film and television production. He served as editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chaired the Student Documentary area for the Broadcast Education Association.

He also has taught student groups in Edinburgh, London, Paris, Cardiff, and Arezzo. He has taught about British, French, and Italian popular and media cultures.