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Douglas Kellner

Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan; Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle; a trilogy of books on postmodern theory with Steve Best; and a trilogy of books on the media and the Bush administration, encompassing Grand Theft 2000, From 9/11 to Terror War, and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy.

Author of Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism, Kellner has edited six volumes of the collected papers of Herbert Marcuse, which have appeared with Routledge.

Kellner’s Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombings to the Virginia Tech Massacre won the 2008 AESA award as the best book on education. With Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Kellner had co-edited Media and Cultural Studies. KeyWorks, Blackwell (second edition 2012), and with with Rhonda Hammer, Kellner has co-edited Media/Cultural Studies: Critical Approaches (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009). Kellner’s Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush/Cheney Era was published in 2010 by Blackwells, and his latest book Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere! was published by Continuum/Bloomsbury in 2012.

His website is at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/kellner.html which contains several of his books and many articles.