Dr. David Gurney

Dr. David Gurney

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication & Media

Office: BH 331

Phone: 361-825-5991


Education:  Ph.D. in Screen Cultures, Northwestern University; M.A. in Media Studies, University of Texas - Austin; A.B. in Biochemistry and Economics, Bowdoin College

Personal Statement:

I teach courses in the area of media and cultural studies, touching on many aspects of popular culture, film, digital media forms, and social media. My research interests include critical approaches to digital media, the role of comedy in transmediality, contemporary media branding strategies, and the development of content and form through digital networks and associated social media platforms. My work has appeared in Velvet Light Trap, Convergence: The International Journal of New Media Technologies, Flow, and in several edited anthologies. I also currently serve as Department Chair for the Department of Communication and Media.

Courses I regularly teach at TAMUCC include:

MEDA 1305 Film and Culture

MEDA 2366 Media Forms

MEDA 3310 Media Theory and Research

MEDA 3380 New Media and Communication

MEDA 4381 Senior Seminar in Media Studies

COMM 5304 Cultural Studies

COMM 5346 Seminar in New Media


Gurney, D., & Payne, M. T. (2016). Parody as brand: The case of [adult swim]’s paracasual advergames. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Gurney, D. (2013a). Auto-Tune the News: Remix video. In E. Thompson & J. Mittell (Eds.), How To Watch Television (pp. 311–319). New York: NYU Press.

Gurney, D. (2013b). Sketches gone viral: From watercooler talk to participatory comedy. In R. Becker, N. Marx, & M. Sienkiewicz (Eds.), Saturday Night Live and American TV. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Gurney, D. (2011a). Everything changes forever (temporarily): Late-night television comedy after 9/11. In T. Gournelos & V. Greene (Eds.), A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America (pp. 3–19). Univ. Press of Mississippi.

Gurney, D. (2011b). Recombinant comedy, transmedial mobility, and viral video. The Velvet Light Trap, 68, 3–13.

Gurney, D. (2010). “It”s just like a mini-mall’: Textuality and participatory culture on YouTube. In M. Kackman, M. Binfield, M. T. Payne, A. Perlman, & B. Sebok (Eds.), Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence (pp. 30–45). London and New York: Routledge.