Thiel College


Bob Batchelor

Bob Batchelor, Ph.D.
James Pedas Professor of Communication, Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center, Department Chair
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 Pedas Communication Center

Bob Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. A noted cultural historian and biographer, Bob is the author or editor of 24 books, including John Updike: A Critical Biography and Gatsby: A Cultural History of the Great American Novel. He edits the “Contemporary American Literature” book series for Rowman & Littlefield. Bob is the founding editor of The Popular Culture Studies Journal, published by the Midwest Popular Culture. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Popular Culture and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Bob also serves as Director of Marketing & Media for The John Updike Childhood Home Museum in Reading, PA. Visit him on the web at