Robert is a media and communication PhD student whose work resides in the field of surveillance studies. His qualitatively oriented research is informed and underpinned by a broader schema of topic areas including; power, how power manifests in and is exercised through society, particularly through the logics of capitalism, politics, governance, and technology, as well as media complicity in producing and reproducing the ideologies that buttress that power.
Bucks County Community College
Speech Communication: Theory & Research
West Virginia University
International Public Relations: New Media Marketing
Conference and Seminar Presentations
McMahon, R. (2019, November 16). A Textual-Critical Analysis of NRATV: Employing inert media forms to normalize gun-centric ideology. 105th annual National Communication Association convention, Top Competitive Student Papers in Mass Communication, Baltimore, MD.
McMahon, R. (2019, June 17-22). The language of surveillance capitalism: A critical discourse analysis of the data broker industry. Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar, Surveillance Studies Centre - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
McMahon, R. (2019, May 22-24). The language of surveillance capitalism: A critical discourse analysis of the data broker industry. Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019 International Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
McMahon, R. (2019, March). A Textual-Critical Analysis of NRATV: Employing Inert Media Forms to Normalize Gun-centric Ideology. 21st Annual Graduate Research Forum, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
McMahon, R. (2018, June). Codename PRISM: A look at reporting and responses to government mass surveillance. #SCREENTIMEBU Graduate Student Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA.
McMahon, R. (2018, April). The politicization of climate change and effect on property insurance companies. 20th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
McMahon, R. (2017, September). The narcotizing dysfunction of screens and the impact on the elaboration likelihood model. 78th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
McMahon, R. (2017, April). The paradigm of surveillance studies: An evolution. 19th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
Shumway, A., McMahon, R., Phillips, C. (2017, April). An exploration of consumers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in managing privacy online. 19th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
McMahon, R. (2018, May 24). The weaponization of data. The Intelligencer. Retrieved from http://www.theintell.com/opinion/20180524/weaponization-of-data
McMahon, R. (2018). Social Media in an English Village by Daniel Miller. Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 74(1), 96-101.