Robert P. Schmuhl
Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism
Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy, Robert Schmuhl is frequently called upon by national and international media for his expertise on the American political landscape and its relationship to the media. His commentary was in particular demand throughout the heated campaign leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
In 2008, Schmuhl was recognized as Notre Dame’s Media Legend of the Year, an award conferred on faculty who bring attention to the University’s academic excellence through media relations.
Schmuhl is the editor of Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing, praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “sparkling collection,” which examines the writer’s art and the role of journalism in American culture. His 2006 volume, In So Many Words: Arguments and Adventures, a collection of his previously published essays on politics, journalism, and American culture, was also hailed by the Tribune as offering “some of the sharpest and most informative cultural criticism available.” An expanded 2010 edition, In So Many More Words, chronicles more recent topics such as the emergence of Barack Obama.
A grant from the Annenberg Foundation made possible this professorship, which considerably strengthened the University’s journalism program. Walter Annenberg was a noted American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat. The professorship also honors Father Joyce, Notre Dame’s executive vice president from 1952 to 1987, who facilitated Annenberg’s many benefactions to Notre Dame.