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School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Professor Emeritus

Paul G. Ashdown, Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, received a B.S. in journalism and an M.A. in journalism and communications from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in radio/TV/film and popular culture from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Ashdown was a correspondent with United Press International in Miami and Atlanta, a reporter with the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, a copy editor with the Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger-Inquirer, and an information officer with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

He previously taught at the University of Southern Colorado, the University of Toledo and Western Kentucky University. He was a visiting professor at the School of Journalism in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and The University of Bonn, Germany. He studied and lectured in India in 1995 on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. He has received a UT National Alumni Association Teaching Award. He is a Chancellor's Teaching Scholar, a winner of the Robert Cherry Foundation's national award for extraordinary teachers, a UT Macebearer, the highest faculty award, and a winner of the Alexander Prize. He also won College awards for both teaching and research.

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Education: 

M.A., B.S., University of Florida

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Research Interests: 
History: media, war, myth, and memory
American and British literary journalists in the 20th century
International journalism, especially European
Critical and cultural studies
The Internet, cognition and consciousness
International Interests: 

Dr. Ashdown is interested in European media. His teaching areas are reporting, magazine and feature writing, opinion writing, journalism as literature, and international communication. He has been involved in teaching, research, and professional activities in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, India, Bosnia, and Slovenia, and has expertise in Ireland, Germany and Slovenia.