James Mueller, PhD | Mayborn School of Journalism

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James Mueller, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor
Sycamore Hall 206C

James E. Mueller is a professor of journalism at the University of North Texas.
He joined the journalism faculty in 2000. Mueller is the author of three books on the press: Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn, Tag Teaming the Press and Towel Snapping the Press.


  • Doctor of Journalism, University of Texas
  • Master of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts in journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia


He worked as a reporter, editor and photographer for about 10 years for newspapers in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, before entering academia.

Mueller has taught more than a half dozen different media courses including reporting, media history and public relations. He also taught for a semester at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, as part of a unique graduate program offered by the North Texas Journalism Department.

In addition to his books, Mueller has written scholarly articles for a variety of publications including Mass Comm Review, the Journal of Media Economics and Grassroots Editor. He has contributed an article to The Media in America, a popular journalism history textbook, and has written a chapter for Media Management Review and Custer and His Times, Vol. 4. and Vol. 5.

Awards and Honors:

Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn was named a finalist in 2014 for best nonfiction book by the High Plains Bookfest in Billings, Montana, and by the Western Writers of America.

Mueller received the Award of Excellence at the 2008 Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression for his paper on the 1876 presidential election.

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