Lance Strate is a native New Yorker now residing across the Hudson River in New Jersey. A Communication major as an undergraduate at Cornell University, he earned an MA in Communication at Queens College, and a PhD in Media Ecology from New York University. As a Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, he is internationally recognized for his intellectual leadership in the discipline of communication. He is the author of Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study, and has co-edited several anthologies, including Communication and Cyberspace, now in its second edition, and The Legacy of McLuhan. His scholarship has focused on the development of media ecology as a field of inquiry, with special attention to the work of Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and Neil Postman; on the historical relationship between modes of communication and sociocultural phenomena such as heroes, religion, nationalism, the city, the self, and consciousness; on the impact of new technologies and digital media including online communications and mobile telephony; on media history and futurism; on language and symbolic communication as it relates to media and technology; on communication and autism; on popular culture phenomena including television, film, baseball, masculinity and alcohol, the sense of smell, and science fiction and fantasy. He has served as editor of the Speech Communication Annual, and Explorations in Media Ecology, and is supervisory editor of the media ecology book series published by Hampton Press.
One of the founders of the Media Ecology Association (launched at Fordham University on September 4, 1998), Lance Strate and has served as the organization's President since its inception. He was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of the Institute of General Semantics, and he is also a Past President of the New York State Communication Association. He is active in a number of other organizations, including serving on the National Advisory Board of the Walter Ong Center at Saint Louis University, a Review Committee Member for the Carl Couch Center's James W. Carey Award, and a member of the editorial board of several journals, including The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Qualitative Research Reports, and RazÃ³n y Palabra. Among the honors he has received is the New York State Communication Association's John F. Wilson Fellow Award in recognition for exceptional scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the field of communication; the June 2003 Book of the Month Award from the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies for the anthology he co-edited, Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment (2nd edition); and the Proclamation by Mayor Wellington E. Webb "that February 15, 2002 be known as Dr. Lance Strate Day in the City and County of Denver" in honor of the keynote address he delivered at the 2002 Convention of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association.
Lance Strate has served as Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies at Rose Hill,, and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Director of the MA Program in Public Communication, as well as a member of the Board of Mentors for the interdisciplinary MA Program in Humanities and Sciences. He has organized a number of events at Fordham University, including the 1998 Legacy of McLuhan Symposium, and the 2006 World in Quandaries Symposium. He is also active in community affairs. As the parent of an autistic child, he is involved in autism advocacy, and serves as an advisor for MOSAIC, a northern New Jersey support group for parents of autistic children. He is also associated with the Lower Manhattan Public Health Consortium, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey.