A.J. Bauer is a writer and former journalist based in New York. His reporting has appeared in The Daily Texan (which he used to edit), the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas Observer, The Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe. He has also contributed essays and commentary to American Journalism, Columbia Journalism Review, Social Text: Periscope, The New Inquiry, and The Guardian. A member of the Writers for the 99% collective, he contributed to Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America (OR Books, 2011; Haymarket, 2012). He also served on the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center from 2006-2012, and co-founded the Friends of the Daily Texan in 2013.
He is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and is a 2018-19 fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. A former Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, he earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. His research focuses on contemporary and historical right-wing movements and conservatism in the United States. He is currently at work on a book manuscript based upon his doctoral dissertation, “Before ‘Fair and Balanced’: Conservative Media Activism and the Rise of the New Right.”