Dr. Brian Cogan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at Molloy College in Long Island, New York. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of numerous books, articles and anthologies on popular culture, music and the media. His specific areas of research interest are media studies, music, fandom, punk rock, popular culture, comic books, graphic novels, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. He is the author of The Punk Rock Encyclopedia (Sterling 2008), co-author with Tony Kelso of The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Media and Politics (Greenwood Press 2009) as well as co-editor with Tony Kelso of Mosh the Polls: Youth Voters, Popular Culture, and Democratic Engagement (Lexington 2008), which is about youth culture and political involvement. Dr. Cogan is also the co-author, along with William Phillips, of the Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music (Greenwood Press 2009), and is the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on the popular television show South Park (Lexington 2011). He is also the co-author/editor of two forthcoming books in 2013,Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America’s Most Powerful Generation (Co-edited with Thomas Gencarelli) 2 Volumes Praeger Books (2013) and Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____________* I Learned from Monty Python” *Including History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, Religion, Literature, Latin, Transvestites, Botany, the French, Class Systems, Mythology, Fish Slapping, and many more! (Co-written with Jeffrey Massey) St. Martins Press (2013)
He is on the editorial board of both the Journal of Popular Culture and ABC-CLIO’s Popular Culture Project, as well as being on the board of directors of the Media Ecology Association. He has written about these topics for academic journals as well as publications such as the New York Post, Chunklet, Go Metric, Punknews.org and Muze.com. He also works as a consultant for branding companies and is frequently asked for quotes and analysis from newspapers and the AP.