Dr. David Gracon’s teaching focuses on the integration of digital video production and critical media studies with an emphasis on documentary, journalism, media activism, media literacy and alternative media. He views media as a tool to transform lives and society for the greater common good via impactful and critical storytelling.
As an engaged scholar/teacher, Dr. Gracon’s research and creative interests include music subcultures, DIY (do-it-yourself) cultural production and the critical (political economic) study of the music industry (in particular, digital distribution). His co-edited (along with Marie Bennet) collection titled Music and Death — Interdisciplinary Readings and Perspectives was published by the UK based Emerald Press in November 2019. His feature length documentary film Walls of Sound — A Look Inside the House of Records (63 min/2012) was toured and screened extensively around the U.S. and is distributed by Microcosm Publishing. Working alongside his students, he is currently guiding the video project People’s History of Spokane, a collection of documentary/journalistic oral histories focusing on historically under-represented narratives and stories in the region.
Dr. Gracon’s film and video works have been screened widely at venues such as the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Seattle Underground Film Festival, New Art Film Festival (Champaign, Illinois), the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Art; CMMAS by its initials in Spanish, Morelia, Mexico), Porto Franko International Festival of Contemporary Art in Ukraine and over fifty others.
During the 2017/2018 academic year, Dr. Gracon was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching media studies at the Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He instructed undergraduate and graduate students in media literacy and collaboratively trained Ukrainian professors under the sponsorship of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Other international teaching experience (English and Media Literacy) includes the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program as well as month long stints in Poland, Lithuania and China (via Bridges for Education).
Prior to teaching at Gonzaga, Dr, Gracon was a tenured professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University and also taught courses at the University of Oregon, SUNY Buffalo, Precarpathian National University, Ukrainian Catholic University and the University of Rochester.
In his off time Dr. Gracon is an avid hiker, snowboarder, cyclist (especially bike tours) road-trip explorer, world traveler and vinyl record collector.