Faculty/Staff Profiles

John Sewell

John Sewell

Phone: 678-839-4927 | Fax: 678-839-4926

Email:  johns@westga.edu

Office: Humanities Building


  • B.S., Communication, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1997
  • M.A., Professional Communication, East Tennessee State University, 2006
  • Ph.D., Public Communication (Cultural Studies/Critical Theory), Georgia State University, 2012

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • COMM-1154 (Intro to Mass Communications)    
    • COMM-2254 (Media Ethics)    
    • COMM-3301 (Writg & Reptg for Newspapers I)    
    • COMM-3302 (Public Affairs Reporting)    
    • COMM-4402 (Feature Writing)    
    • COMM-4421N (Practicum-The West Georgian)    
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • COMM-1154 (Intro to Mass Communications) Section: 02
    • COMM-3301 (Writg & Reptg for Newspapers I) Section: 01
    • COMM-3302 (Public Affairs Reporting) Section: 01
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • COMM-2254 (Media Ethics) Section: 01
    • COMM-3301 (Writg & Reptg for Newspapers I) Section: 02
    • COMM-4421N (Practicum-The West Georgian) Section: 01
  • Summer 2014 Sections
    • COMM-4402 (Feature Writing) Section: 01
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • COMM-3301 (Writg & Reptg for Newspapers I) Section: 02
    • COMM-4402 (Feature Writing) Section: 01
    • COMM-4421N (Practicum-The West Georgian) Section: 01


Dr. John Ike Sewell
Assistant Professor, ConvergenceJournalism
Advisor, The West Georgian newspaper

As an educator my goal is twofold: to provide viable career training, and to foster critical thinking in hope of spurring progressive social change. Although my professional history and current focus at UWG is in journalism, I also have a strong background in cultural studies, critical theory, and critical/rhetorical ethnography. My research is focused on gendered identities associated with rock music subcultures. At present I am rewriting my dissertation, “’Doing it for The Dudes’: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures” as a book project. I am excited to be working with the staff of The West Georgian, and have high expectations for the newspaper this year.