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Jason Schmitt Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

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One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
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Jason Schmitt hails from Detroit, Michigan, where he honed his research interest in regional creativity, the music industry, and the social consequences of emerging media while working in a variety of positions at Atlantic Records and Warner/Elektra/Atlantic (WEA). He approaches sustainability and the concepts of reutilization as it relates to industrial spaces and the evolving needs for cities to rebrand and redistribute land to meet the needs of the post-industrial world. Jason has presented his research at such institutions as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The American University of Paris, and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), as well as many conferences associated with media, communication, and oral history.

Jason is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He has extensive interview experience and has interviewed celebrities, politicians, and business leaders, including A. Alfred Taubman, Alice Cooper, Ben Folds, Dan Gilbert, Henry Rollins, John Sinclair, Karmin, Kid Rock, Lemmy, Metric, REM, Roger Daltrey, and Slash. Jason was the main interviewer for the 2012 documentary Louder Than Love, which focuses on a historic musical venue called The Grande Ballroom and its impact on rock and roll music. The documentary has sold-out at all film festival screenings including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jason’s writing has appear in such outlets as Elmore Magazine, DBusiness: Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, Google News, (Wall Street Journal), and His first academic textbook, Speaking With a Purpose, will be released through Pearson-Allyn and Bacon in January 2013.

Ph.D. Communication, Bowling Green State University, 2008.
MA. Communication, Eastern Michigan University, 2003.
BA. Communication, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2000.

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