David Black

Associate professor

Communication & Culture

Dr. David Black is a communication theorist and historian with expertise in media and cultural theory, interpersonal communication, communication history, technology criticism and political communication. He is interested in various practical forms of media production, especially as they relate to using media to teach theory and in support of social justice issues. He is drawn to social marketing and political communication, and to research topics with a historical and critical imagination. Black is interested in building relationships between communication programs and the professional community.



Before joining Royal Roads in 2003, Black taught in the communication studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1991 to 2003. He’s published one book, The Politics of Enchantment: Romanticism, Media and Cultural Studies, and articles on the history of communication theory. Black is frequently called upon to comment in the media on various communication topics.

He was nominated for Royal Roads’ Kelly Outstanding Teacher award in 2005, and won the award in 2007.



PhD in social and political thought, specializing in media and cultural theory

York University

MA in cultural anthropology

University of Chicago

BA in English literature and anthropology

Wilfred Laurier University

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