Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian who has written or edited 28 books on media culture; American literature; and music, film, and television. Among his books are John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (2014).


Batchelor edits five book series for Rowman & Littlefield, including “Contemporary American Literature,” “Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture,” “100 Greatest…,” “Great Authors/Great Books,” and “The Cultural History of Television.”

He is the founding editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture. Batchelor also serves as Director of Marketing & Media for The John Updike Childhood Home Museum in Reading, PA.

 Batchelor spent a decade working in corporate communications for a number of large companies, including Ernst & Young, Fleishman-Hillard, and Bank of America, as well as The History Factory, where he served as Senior Historian.

He is an internal communications specialist, focusing on executive communications and technology. Batchelor served as Senior Writer on the 2001 PRSA Silver Anvil winning team in B2B Marketing for Documentum (now part of EMC). His public relations and strategic communications classes have conducted service learning marketing campaigns for organizations ranging from nonprofits to corporations and startups.

Batchelor has published articles in Radical History Review, The Journal of American Culture, The Mailer Review, The American Prospect Online, and Public Relations Review, as well as dozens of essays in books and monographs.

Batchelor received undergraduate degrees in History, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His master's degree is in American History from Kent State University, where he studied with eminent NATO historian Lawrence S. Kaplan. Bob earned his doctorate in English Literature at the University of South Florida, studying with noted film and literature scholar Phillip Sipiora.