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Dr. Cynthia Allan

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Kristi Geier

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Phone: 620-235-4716
Fax: 620-235-4686

Grubbs Hall Room 215
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Dr. Mark Arbuckle joined the Department of Communication in the fall of 2001 after receiving his Ph.D. from the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in journalism, communication law, and media history. Originally from rural north Missouri, Dr. Arbuckle lives in Pittsburg with his wife Sabrina and their ten-year-old son, Will.

Dr. Arbuckle's professional experience includes working as a general assignment reporter and public affairs reporter at daily and weekly newspapers. He has also worked in public relations as a news and feature writer. Prior to attending college as a non-traditional student, he worked nine years in his family's appliance business as a "Maytag repairman."

The Arbuckle's are avid fans of PSU Gorilla football. Dr. Arbuckle's hobbies include, writing and recording music in his home studio, performing music with Sabrina, playing baseball with Will, gardening, cooking, and watching baseball and football. His primary research interests are First Amendment law and media history.

Research, Interests and Publications

Mark R. Arbuckle, "Political Broadcasting Fairness in the 21st Century: Putting Candidates and the Public on Equal First Amendment Footing," Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, (Vol. 36, 2013-2014). (in press)

Mark R. Arbuckle, "The Evolving 'Communications Marketplace': Rethinking Broadcast Fairness Two Decades After Syracuse Peace Council," Media Law & Policy (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2009).

Mark R. Arbuckle "Broadcast Fairness as a Public Interest Principle: Finding Intent in the 1927 and 1934 Acts," paper presented to the Law and Policy Division of the AEJMC National Conference, August 9, 2008 Chicago, IL. 

Mark R. Arbuckle, "The Payne Fund Studies and Carl Hovland's Why We Fight Film Study: The Lingering Impact of Mass Society Theory on Early Media Effects Research," paper presented to the History Division of the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, March 6, 2004, Tampa, FL.

Mark R. Arbuckle, "Vanishing First Amendment Protection for Symbolic Expression 35 Years After United States v. O'Brien," Communications and the Law (December, 2003).

Mark Arbuckle

Dr. Mark Arbuckle

Associate Professor,
Director of Graduate Studies

Journalism, Communication Law

Department of Communication
Grubbs Hall Room 415
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

620-235-4808 office phone
620-235-4686 fax