Read Mercer Schuchardt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
On Faculty since 2007

Office: BGC 284
Phone: (630)752-5943


Ph.D., New York University (New York, NY), Media Ecology

M.A., New York University (New York, NY), Media Ecology

B.A., Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA), English Literature

About Read Mercer Schuchardt

Dr. Schuchardt's interests include media ecology, international travel, soccer, reading, writing, aeronautics, film, cooking, kayaking, and scale model building.

Chapel Messages

Courses Taught

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Media Ecology Association (MEA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)

Web/New Media

Founder/Publisher of Metaphilm (

Recent Publications and Presentations


You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack’s Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2008.

Book Chapters

2009 “Swoosh!” Mirror on America: Short Essays and Images from Popular Culture. Eds. Joan T. Mims & Elizabeth M. Nollen. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 4th Edition.

2008 “How The Cell Phone Changed the World and Made 24.” 24 and Philosophy. Eds. Jennifer Hart Weed, Richard Davis & Ronald Weed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.


2011 Was McLuhan's Biology the Medium of His Message? Media Ecology Association 12th annual conference (McLuhan Centennial), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 23-26.

2010 Digital Media and Ellul’s Global Concentration Camp, National Communication Association conference, San Francisco, CA. November 14.

2009 How to Leave the Catholic Church Using Only Your iPhone and The Disappearance of Women. Media Ecology Association 10th annual conference, St. Louis, MO. June 18-21.


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