Brian J. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture in multiple settings. Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Michigan State University’s Media and Information Studies program, where he was named the 2013 Outstanding Ph.D. student. His research interests include media framing, the media’s agenda setting function, and news coverage of Muslims. His research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Public Understanding of Science, International Communication Gazette and American Behavioral Scientist. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary The Death of an Imam. He also co-authored the proposal for (and served as assistant coordinator of) the Social Science Research Council-funded project Migrations of Islam: Muslim-American Culture in the 21st Century.
Bowe has taught journalism and communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. For the 2013-14 academic year, he was an instructor in the Michigan State School of Journalism. For the 2012-13 academic year, he was a graduate fellow at CELSA – Université Paris-Sorbonne. From 2010-12, he served as visiting assistant professor of journalism in Grand Valley State University’s School of Communications.
Bowe has written extensively about music. He is the author of Judas Priest: Metal Gods, The Ramones: American Punk Rock Band and The Clash: Punk Rock Band. All three books are part of Enslow Publishers’ Rebels of Rock series of young adult biographies. He is the co-editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins), and has written liner notes for releases by Iggy & the Stooges, the MC5 and Was (Not Was). He served as editor of the online resurrection of CREEM Magazine and has published in regional and national publications such as Harp, Blurt, MLive and the Metro Times. As a newspaper journalist, Bowe has worked at publications in Michigan and New Hampshire, covering beats as diverse as local government, business, transportation and entertainment.
His current home base is Grand Rapids, Mich., where he lives with his wife Heather and two cats. An avid cyclist, he is the co-founder of the Allegrina 100 charity cycling tour. He is a musician who records with the group Voluptuous Panic.