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Alexander Koch

116 Becker Communication Studies Building

Alex is a first year Ph.D. student in the Communication Studies department, with a concentration in Media Studies. He received his BA in Communication from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. 

His conference presentations include: "Music, Television and Genre Hybridity in Scrubs" (MPCA/ACA - St. Louis, MO - 2013), "'Is it on Instant?' Canonization through the Queue" ("Netflix is the New Black," Panel Chair - MPCA/ACA, Indianapolis, IN - 2014) and "Guitar Heroes: Depictions of the Electric Guitar and Rock Music in American Comics" (The Electric Guitar in Popular Culture Conference - Bowling Green, OH - 2015). 

Alex is drawn to audience reception, media and cultural studies - with research interests ranging from sampling in popular music, mashup DJ culture, television comedy, film musicals, comic books and graphic novels. His previous work has examined the intersections of popular music and visual media, with an emphasis on the manner in which popular music functions on narratively complex American sitcoms and their similarities to classic Hollywood musicals. 

In his remaining free time, Alex enjoys visiting his beloved Louisville, pursuing new and interesting bourbons, perfecting the fine art of mixtape making, and watching concerning amounts of television.