Dr. Kathryn Montalbano
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Kathryn Montalbano specializes in communication history and the intersection of religion, media and the state. In 2018, she published her first book, "Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States" (Routledge, 2018). Related research on mid-20th-century FBI surveillance of the Quaker organization, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is a chapter in a forthcoming volume, "Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories" (University of Toronto Press, 2019).
Kathryn has also published on the historical continuity between the opposition of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) to the 1949 Fairness Doctrine and the contemporary Open Internet principle, net neutrality, as well as on intercultural communication in three 13th-century Franciscan friars’ narratives documenting their travels through the Mongol Empire. She is currently researching the roots of global populism in media and religion by analyzing discourses about and representations of Christianity and Islam in alternative and social media. Kathryn often presents her work at the annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference in panels centered on communication history or religion and media. She teaches courses on communication theory, research methods, media history, protest and social activism, media and politics, and religion and media.
Kathryn received a B.A. in English literature with a minor in sociology from Haverford College in 2009. Between 2010 and 2016, she earned an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.