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Sam Robinson

Associate Professor
School of Humanities & Communication

Contact information

(831) 582-3419

Building & room

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Office hours

Mondays 10 a.m. to Noon, and by appointment.


Teaching Areas:

Journalism and digital media studies, agriculture journalism, rural media, media ethics, military and the media, investigate reporting and issues of race and gender in news media.

Research Interests:

Sam has done research involving the political economy of agriculture news coverage in rural media. Her research explores agriculture through multiple media platforms (everything from newspapers to television to graphic novels) and across many topics. She is particularly interested in issues of race and gender in agriculture and civil rights issues within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

University & Community Interests:

Dr. Robinson is a member of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has presented her research at the National Newspaper Association annual convention.

Recent Publications

Sam regularly produces investigative and feature articles about agriculture for media outlets across the country. She works closely with the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting to increase coverage of agriculture issues. She had a book chapter published in April 2015 about agriculture disparagement and farm protection laws, for a volume on media law and ethics.