Reyes, Ian

Ian Reyes

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Associate Professor/ Communication Studies/ Faculty & Staff/ Graduate/ Undergraduate

Ph.D., Communication, University of Pittsburgh, 2008.
M.A., Communication, University of Massachusetts, 2000.
B.A., Communication and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, 1998.



Dr. Reyes is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies. His teaching and research represent critical, socio-cultural approaches to media including audio recording, popular music, and video games. His work aims to deconstruct the reciprocal determination of technology, culture, and society in order to better understand and critique everyday experiences with entertainment media. He  keenly interested in the digital turn and the challenges posed to extant communication studies by new ways of producing, distributing, and consuming media content. Recent research projects addressed the aesthetics of heavy metal recording, temporal and visual aspects of mobile technologies, and the rhetoric of conspiracy theories.


Recent Courses


COM246: New Media and Society
COM307: Audio Communication in the Media
COM310: Cultural Studies of Popular Music
COM410: Advanced Audio Communication


COM520: Media Theory
COM540: Science and Technology Studies


Selected Publications

“What They Don’t Want You to Know About Planet X: Surviving 2012 and the Aesthetics of Conspiracy Rhetoric,” with Jason K. Smith, Communication Quarterly. Vol. 64, no. 4 (2014), 399-415.

“Mobile Media: From Legato to Staccoto, Isochronal Consumptionscapes,” with Nikhilesh Dholakia and Jennifer Bonoff, Consumption Markets and Culture. (2014).

“Virtuality as Place and Process,” with Nikhilesh Dholakia, Journal of Marketing Management. Vol. 29, no. 13-14 (2013), 1580-1591.

“Blacker than Death: Recollecting the ‘Black Turn’ in Metal Aesthetics.” Journal of Popular Music Studies.  Vol. 25, no. 2 (2013), 240-257.

“Mediating a Soundwalk: An Exercise in Claireaudience.” International Journal of Listening. Vol. 26, no. 2 (2012), 98-101.

“To Know Beyond Listening: Monitoring Digital Music.” The Senses and Society. Vol. 5, no. 3 (2010), 322-328.

“Screening Play: Rules, Wares, and Representations in ‘Realistic’ Video Games,” with Suellen Adams, Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture. Vol. 4, no. 2 (2010). Online.

“The Raw and the Produced: (Re)Producing Hardcore Authenticity in the Studio.”  Culture Critique. Vol. 1, no. 1 (2008). Online.

“Music Between Performance and Plasticity.” Politics and Culture. Vol. 1, no. 3 (2003). Online.