Rudy R. Pugliese
School of Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rudy Pugliese is a professor of communication at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in mass communications from Temple University, an M.A. from the College at Brockport, and a B.A. from SUNY Oneonta. His research interests include digital media as they relate to political communication and online learning. Recent publications concern the civic uses of the Internet. He and his co-authors have produced a theoretical model of interactivity.
He currently teaches “Mass Communications” at the undergraduate level, “History of Media Technologies,” “Classic Media,” and “International Media” at the graduate level, and has taught study abroad in Italy. He has been the advisor to the student-run Reporter magazine for 20 years and was the Graduate Director of the School of Communication at RIT for 14 years. In a previous life, he worked in the office of Mayor of Utica, New York; wrote for Drums Along the Mohawk, a weekly newspaper in Central New York; and worked as an orderly in a psychiatric unit. His background in politics, journalism, and psychiatry prepared him well for a life in Academe.