Marcus Leyton is a first-year PhD student in the Media History and Culture track in the Department of Communication Studies. His research interests include the histories of social media communities and platforms, and how those platforms play a role in the development of users’ ideological views on civic rights and responsibilities.
Before joining the PhD program, Marcus earned his Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Iowa as well.
In addition to his M.A., Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Superior. While an undergraduate, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning UW-Superior Promethean student newspaper. Under his watch, the paper received several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and recognition from the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Prior to graduate school, Marcus worked as a journalist and newspaper editor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho. In North Dakota, Marcus won second place from the National Newspaper Association for his investigative series on internal affairs at the Tioga, North Dakota police department in the Bakken Oil Field.