Roger Stahl (PhD, Penn State University) is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia who studies rhetoric, media, and culture. His work has in large part focused on understanding propaganda and public relations as they relate to state violence, conflict, and security. His most recent book, Through the Crosshairs: War, Visual Culture, and the Weaponized Gaze (Rutgers UP: 2017, in press), traces the history of the gun-camera and examines the ways that the public has been increasingly invited to picture war through the weapon’s eye. His previous book Militainment, Inc. (Routledge: 2010) maps the military-entertainment complex. Dr. Stahl has been published in numerous academic journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. In a more public capacity, he has produced documentary films, including Militainment, Inc. (2007, Media Education Foundation) and Returning Fire (2011, Media Education Foundation). He and his work have also been featured in such venues as NPR’s All Things Considered, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.
Dr. Stahl's new book, Through the Crosshairs: War, Visual Culture, and the Weaponized Gaze, is set for a 2017 release with Rutgers University Press. The book tracks the history of the targeting camera - from bombers to satellites to drones - and how the view through it eventually came to dominate the Western picture of war via official public relations, journalism, and entertainment media.