Thom Gencarelli, PhD (NYU, 1993) is Professor and the founding Chair of the Communication Department at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics and as current Editor of the Institute’s journal ETC. A Review of General Semantics, Thom is also a Past President of the Media Ecology Association, the New York State Communication Association, the New Jersey Communication Association (twice). He researches and writes about media ecology, media literacy/media education, and popular media and culture with an emphasis on popular music, and is co- editor (with Brian Cogan) of the anthology Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America’s Most Powerful Generation (ABC-Clio/ Praeger, 2014). He was, this year, awarded both the Eastern Communication Association’s Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award and the Media Ecology Association’s Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology. Thom is also a songwriter, musician, and music producer, and has released three album-length works with his ensemble bluerace, World Ready(2009), Beautiful Sky (2013), and Mistral (2019).
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