My name is Zack Furness and I am Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State University’s Greater Allegheny campus, where I also serve as the Communications Program Coordinator and the WMKP Radio General Manager. I’m the author of One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility (Temple University Press, 2010), editor of Punkademics (Minor Compositions & Autonomedia, 2012), and co-editor of The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives (Temple University Press, 2014). Over the years I have contributed to a number of books, journals, political rags, zines, websites and magazines including Pittsburgh Magazine, Souciant, Bitch, and Punk Planet. I was also a longtime editor and contributor to Bad Subjects, one of the pioneering publications on the Internet.
My work as both a researcher and a teacher draw upon a web of influences that include communication and cultural studies, cultural geography, feminist and Marxist theory, anarchism, environmentalism, critical pedagogy, history and philosophy of technology, and punk rock. I’ve also performed in punk bands and other musical projects since 1997, most recently in Barons, and my current research is all related to music in some way. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I started that work as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, while on sabbatical from Penn State.
Links to my various publications and courses are accessible through the menu above, and an updated copy of my full academic CV/Resume can be made available for anyone who’s interested. If you want to get in touch with me, you can send me an email or hit me up on social media through one of the links in the menu above (under Contact). Alternatively, you can send letters, packages, presents, or mail art to my work address:
Dr. Zack Furness
Associate Professor of Communications
Penn State University, Greater Allegheny
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
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