Rich Potter, Ph.D.


Rich Potter, Ph. D.

Chair, Literature, Communication & Media; Assistant Professor

Phone: 310 476-9777

Ext: 269


University of Florida, B.A. (English with a concentration in Media Studies)
University of Illinois, Ph.D. (Media, Institute of Communications Research)


Rich grew up in South Florida, attended the University of Florida, and spent time in Paris, New York, and Central America before earning a doctorate at the University of Illinois. During the five years he lived in Panama, Rich worked as an independent video producer on variety of commercial, non-profit, and artistic projects, including a micro-budget feature film based on Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story, Diary of a Madman. His academic research focuses on community media, especially in Latin America, as a basis for envisioning democratic organizational models for media production and circulation. In the summer of 2014, prior to joining the AJU faculty, Rich returned to Panama to produce an independent feature film. He hopes to continue pursuing both his academic and artistic goals.


“Chapter 9 - Alternative Media.” in Introduction to Media Studies. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois eText. 2013.

“Chapter 4 - Political Economy.” in Introduction to Media Studies, lead author with Angharad N. Valdivia. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois eText. 2013.

“The Communications Blockade”, Submarine Telecoms Forum, issue 58, July 2011.