Zack Furness, PhD

Penn State Lion Mark
Associate Professor, Communications
Office Phone
Office Location
Main Building , 106B
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

Virtual Office Hours via Zoom;

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm; By appt
Thursdays12:00-1:00pm; By appt



Zack Furness is an Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State University’s Greater Allegheny campus, where he also serves as the Communications Program Coordinator and the WMKP Radio General Manager. He is 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). In addition to his scholarly work, Zack has contributed to a host of different print and web publications, including Pittsburgh Magazine, Bitch, Battleground EU, Tropics of Meta, Souciant, and Punk Planet. Zack was also a longtime editor and contributor to Bad Subjects, one of the pioneering publications on the Internet, and he spent the better part of 20 years playing in punk bands.


Teaching Interests: 
Media and Cultural Studies, Popular Music, Cultural Geography, Sport and Communication

 Area(s) of Expertise:
Media and Cultural Studies, Punk Rock, Subcultures, Bicycle Transportation, Mobilities, Football, Radical Politics


"The NCAA Should Cancel the Football Season." Tropics of Meta, 10 July 2020.

 "Party Lines: Pittsburgh's Telephone Music Service." Pittsburgh Magazine, Nov 2019.

 “Alternative Media: The Art of Rebellion.” In Classroom Teaching: An Introduction, 2nd Edition, eds. Shirley Steinberg and Joe Kinchloe (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018), 217-224.

 “Foreword.” In Punk Pedagogies in Practice, eds. Gareth Dylan Smith, Mike Dines & Tom Parkinson (London: Routledge, 2017), xi-xii.

 “Reframing Concussions, Masculinity and NFL Mythology in League of Denial.” Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 14, No. 1 (2016): 49-57


University of Pittsburgh | 2006 | Ph.D. Certificate | Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

University of Pittsburgh | 2005 | Ph.D. | Communication

University of Pittsburgh | 2001 | M.A. | Communication 

Penn State University | 1999 | B.A. | English | Schreyer Honors College

Papers and Presentations

“Against Zion: Israeli Punk and Radical Politics at the Turn of the Century,” Texas A&M University, College Station TX (Nov 18, 2019).

 “‘Protest and Survive’: Punk Rock and Radical Politics,” University of Pittsburgh, Department of Music, Pittsburgh PA (Jan 31, 2019).

 “Against Zion: The Music & Politics of Israeli Anarchist Punk.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, Washington DC (May 26, 2017).

“Warring Representations of the NFL, Football Masculinity and Broken Bodies,” The Penn State Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Penn State University, University Park PA (April 21, 2017).

“Reframing the NFL, Head Injury and Football Capitalism in Popular Media.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, Riverside CA (May 23, 2015).

Course Schedule
COMM 100N, 001 - Mass Media and Soc
M, W 2:30pm - 3:45pm
COMM 412, 001 - Sports Med and Soc
Th 2:30pm - 5:30pm
COMM 430, 001 - Media and Politics
M 6:00pm - 9:00pm
COMM 494, 001 - Research Projects
By Appt