Christopher J. Richter

Christopher J. Richter

Professor Christopher Richter spent his youth in Pennsylvania and Ohio enjoying a classic American pastime, watching TV! His interest in visual and textual narratives eventually led to earning a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Ohio State University. His research and teaching reflect his many and varied interests: The history of communication technologies, communication processes in democracies, women travelers in Greece, and the display of cultural heritage in museums. He teaches multi-camera studio TV production, co-teaches January term abroad courses in the Mediterranean with his wife and fellow faculty member, Christina Salowey, and gets theoretical in courses like Contemporary Public Communication, Communication & Technology and Media Law and Policy. When he is not felling trees, splitting wood, or fencing his vegetable garden in Botetourt County, he can be found reading science fiction, traveling with Professor Salowey, cooking meals from mostly local food, or yelling at the TV!

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Research Methods in Communication
  • Video Studio Processes
  • Alternative Media
  • Media Industries, Media Careers (with Prof. Bratic)
  • Contemporary Public Communication
  • Communication & Technology
  • Media Law & Policy
  • Worth Seeing: Travelogues & Translations of Greece & Turkey (with Prof. Salowey)


  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University - Columbus