Russell Cobb, BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept

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Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept

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Dr. Russell Cobb is a writer, media producer, and instructor at the University of Alberta, where he is the Coordinator of the Media Studies Program and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. His latest book, to be released summer 2024, is titled The Ghosts of Crook County: An Oil Fortune, a Phantom Child, and the Fight for Indigenous Land (Beacon Press). His book The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State (Bison Books) won a Director’s Special Merit Award from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in 2021. His nonfiction writing has appeared in Slate, NPR, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other places. The 2018 Netflix film “Come Sunday” is based on his story “Heretics” for This American Life. He hosts a radio show and podcast called History X about history not on the syllabus. He enjoys playing basketball, bass guitar, and running through Edmonton’s majestic river valley. 


LA ST 499 - Special Topics

MLCS 410 - Capstone Course

In this practice-based course that addresses an urgent concern facing the world today students will synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Major.

MLCS 630 - The Disciplines of Literature

The history of the study of literature, focusing on the relation between national and world literature, and the links to other media and disciplines. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MLCS 640 - Media and Cultural Studies Methodologies

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MST 400 - Media Portfolio

In this capstone course, students will produce individually or collaboratively designed and executed analytic or creative projects. Prerequisites: MST 100, 200, 210, 300 and 310 or consent of the Program Administrator.

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