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Fortner, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

From: United States

At LCC Since: 2021

Key Areas

  • Ethics of the use of social media to distribute information about the coronavirus
  • Philosophy of Digital Technology (beyond Heidegger)
  • National Mythology, Political Discourse and Insurrection.


Author or editor of thirteen books in communication and over 100 conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters. I have taught in several universities in and out of the United States, including the American University in Bulgaria, The George Washington University, Northwestern University, and Calvin University. I have conducted field research collaborating with local non-profit organizations, in over forty countries and am currently finalizing two research projects in French West Africa. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, with my wife of over 50 years.


Bias, misinformation: Manifest message of bias in dominant Russian state news.

LCC author(s): Michael Ray Smith, Ph.D. Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

Teaching journalism & mass communication, 12(1), p. 4-6., 2022.

Ethics in the Digital Domain

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

World Media Ethics: Cases & Commentary

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

Other author(s): P. Mark Fackler

Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2018.

“The Origins of Media Theory: An Alternative View.” International Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory.

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

Robert S. Fortner & Mark Fackler, Eds. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 22-36.., 2014.

“Journalism Ethics in the Moral Infrastructure of a Global Civil Society.” Handbook of Global Media and Communication Ethics

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Mark Fackler

Eds. Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. 1, 481-500, 2011.

Communication, Media & Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication.

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.

Markers of Evil: The Identification and Prevention of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing.

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 1. No. 2 (2006). 149-157., 2006.

“Excommunication in an Information Age.”

LCC author(s): Robert Fortner, Ph.D.

Critical Studies in Mass Communication. 12:2 (1995). 133-154., 1995.