Adam Klein
Associate Professor


School/College: Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Communication Studies
Primary Location:

Office Hours: (Spring 2022)

Office Phone:
+1 (212) 346-1311

Secondary Location:


PhD, Howard University, Washington, DC, 2010

Mass Communication & Media Studies

MA, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 2003


BA, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, 2001


Scheduled Courses

Spring 2022:
No courses scheduled.

View All Courses Taught
  • COM 111: Introduction to Communication
  • COM 113: Media, Culture, and Society
  • COM 200: Public Speaking
  • COM 213: Intercultural Communication
  • COM 228: Writing for Convergent Tech
  • COM 239: Milestones in Commun Rsrch
  • COM 245: Commctn and Popular Culture
  • COM 297: The Dark Side of Communication
  • COM 336: Propaganda
  • COM 393: Intern Program I
  • COM 393: Internship Program I
  • COM 393: Internship Program l
  • COM 394: Internship Program II
  • COM 395: Independent Study in Comm.
  • COS 113: Media, Culture, and Society
  • COS 114: Introduction to Mass Media
  • COS 313: The Dark Side of Communication
  • COS 336: Propaganda
  • COS 393: Internship Program l
  • COS 394: Internship Program II
  • COS 396: Topics: Media v Government
  • COS 481: Language and Power
  • SPE 203: Persuasive Speaking
  • UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty
  • Research Interests

    Global Conflict and Communication; News and American Politics; Propaganda and Hate Speech; Political-Economy of Media Systems

    Awards and Honors

    • Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference, April 2019 - Top Paper Award: Political Communication Division
    • NYSCA Annual Conference , October 15, 2015 - Top Paper Award


    • Associated Press [Newspaper], September 23 2020
      Quoted, “Trump, Social Media, Right-Ring News Stir up Antifa Scares,” by Michael Kunzelman
    • Washington Post [Newspaper], June 14 2020
      Quoted, “Scant evidence of antifa shows how sweeping the protests for racial justice have become," by Isaac Stanley-Becker
    • Wired [Internet], June 4 2020
      Quoted, “The World was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories,” by Emma Ellis
    • Washington Post [Newspaper], June 1 2020
      Quoted, “U.S. at ‘crossroads’ as protests grip cities and police crack down, causing violent confrontations,” by Stanley Becker

    • Wired [Internet], March 1 2019
      Quoted, "Trump-era Congressional Hearings have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics," by Emma Ellis.
    • New York Times [Newspaper], May 25 2018
      Quoted, “Are we really still calling this shirt a ‘wife-beater’?” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.
    • Newsweek [Magazine], October 18 2017
      Quoted, “Las Vegas shooting conspiracy theories now include the Illuminati and Antifa,” by Maria Perez.
    • Mother Jones [Magazine], October 17 2017
      Quoted/Interviewed, “Trump supporters are promoting insane conspiracy theories about the Vegas shooter,” by Bryan Schatz
    • Miami Herald [Newspaper], August 15 2017
      Quoted/Interviewed, “America’s voice of white supremacy,” by Alex Harris
    • Wired [Internet], May 31 2017
      Quoted/Interviewed, “To make your conspiracy theory legit, just find an ‘expert,” by Emma Ellis
    • NRP/WAMU [Radio], May 24 2017
      Interviewed, “In the wake of College Park murder campuses confront a new wave of bigotry,” by Patrick Madden.
    • WAMC / Northeast Public Radion [Radio], April 24 2017
      Interviewed on “The Academic Minute” discussing how hate groups have taken their message online.
    • Wired [Internet], April 20 2017
      Quoted/Interviewed, "“Extremists’ Meme Armies are turning into Militias,” by Emma Ellis.
    • Wired [Internet], March 12 2017
      Quoted/Interviewed, “The Internet Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” by Emma Ellis
    • NPR's "The Takeaway" (WNYC) [Radio], June 23 2015
      Interviewed, On the rise of hate communities on the Internet as this subject related to the tragic shooting at a historic Black church in Charleston, SC, and the online influences of the 21-year-old shooter.


    • International Communication Association
    • National Communication Association
    • New York State Communication Association

    Contract, Grants, and Sponsored Research


    Klein, A. G. (2021). Social Networks and the Challenge of Hate Disguised as Fear and Politics. Journal for Deradicalization.

    Klein, A. G. (2021, February 26). Social media at a crossroads: Confronting Political Extremism. http://

    Klein, A. G. (2020, December). How to fight Holocaust denial in social media - with the evidence of what really happened. http://

    Klein, A. G. (2020). Loaded words: NRATV and the Making of Liberal America as a Public Enemy. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric.

    Klein, A. G. (2020, June). Social networks aim to erase hate but miss the target on guns. http://

    Klein, A. G. (2019). From Twitter to Charlottesville: Analyzing the Fighting Words between the Alt-Right and Antifa. International Journal of Communication. Vol 13 , pages 297-318.

    Klein, A. G. (2018, November). Fear more than hate feeds online bigotry and real-world violence. http://

    Klein, A. G. (2018, March). The NRA's video channel is a hotbed of online hostility. http://

    Klein, A. G. (2017, May). Negative Spaces: Terrorist attempts to erase cultural history and the critical media coverage. Media, War & Conflict. Vol 11 (Issue 2) , pages 265-281.

    Klein, A. G. (2017, February). How Online Hate Infiltrates Social Media and Politics.

    Klein, A. G. (2016). Threshold Event: Exploring a Commercial Sponsorship of LGBT Rights During the Sochi Olympics. (Special Issue on Social Science and the Olympic Games). Cogent Social Sciences. Vol 2 , pages 1-18.

    Klein, A. G. (2016). Using the “Wife-Beater” Shirt to Teach about Hegemony and Counterhegemony. Communication Teacher. Vol 30 (Issue 3) , pages 100-105.

    Klein, A. G. (2015). Vigilante Media: Unveiling Anonymous and the Hacktivist Persona in the Global Press. Communication Monographs. Vol 82 (Issue 3) , pages 379-401.

    Klein, A. G. (2014). "Participatory Media Impact on the Arab Spring". In Kehbuma Langmia et al. (Eds.) Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice. University Press of America. , pages 182-203.

    Klein, A. G. (2012). Measuring Media Compliance and Divergence in the Nondemocratic Press System. Communication Monographs. Vol 79 (Issue 1) , pages 115-136.

    Klein, A. G. (2012). Slipping Racism into the Mainstream: A Theory of Information Laundering. Communication Theory. Vol 22 (Issue 4) , pages 427-448.

    Klein, A. G. (2010, June). A Space for Hate: The White Power Movement's Adaptation into Cyberspace. Sacramento, CA, USA: Litwin Books, LLC. , pages 220.

    Klein, A. G. (2009). Characterizing “the Enemy”: Zionism and Islamism in the Iranian and Israeli Press. Communication, Culture & Critique. Vol 2 (Issue 3) , pages 387-406.

    Klein, A. G., Byerly, C. & McEachern, T. (2009). Counterframing Public Dissent: Analysis of Antiwar coverage in the U.S. Media. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Vol 26 (Issue 4) , pages 331-350.