Andrew J. Salvati is a doctoral candidate in Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Andrew’s research centers on the ways in which American history has been packaged by popular media, including television, film, podcasts, mash-ups, and video games. His dissertation, “Small Screen Histories: Presenting the Past on American Television, 1949-2017” examines the ways in which historical documentaries and docudramas have constructed usable pasts relevant to contemporary issues of national politics and identity. His work has appeared in both Rethinking History and the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.
Together with his colleague Jonathan Bullinger, Andrew has also published an essay appearing in the collection Playing With the Past (Bloomsbury, 2013) that discusses authenticity and the simulation of World War II in commercial First-Person Shooter games.
Outside academia, Andrew has worked in television broadcasting since 2007. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Liz and their two cats, Murray and Freddie.