Visiting Research Fellow Hilde Van den Bulck

The McGannon Center welcomes Hilde Van den Bulck as its 2017 Visiting Research Fellow!

Hilde_van_den_Bulck_AnnenbergHilde Van den Bulck (Ph.D.) is a full professor of Communication Studies and serves as director of the research group Media, Policy and Culture at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She studied Communication Studies at KU Leuven (B) and University of Leicester (UK) and obtained her Ph.D. at KU Leuven. She has complementary expertise and interests in media policies and structures, with a focus on public media, and media culture and identity, focusing most recently on the mediated communication about celebrity philanthropy and activism. Dr. Van den Bulck has been involved in Flemish media policy, including as vice chair of the Flemish Media Council. She has published widely.

Visiting Scholar Kevin Healey

The McGannon Center is excited to welcome visiting scholar Kevin Healey!


Kevin Healey (Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. His research appears in Journal of Media Ethics; Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society; Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture; Explorations in Media Ecology; Religions; Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies; and Symbolic Interaction. He has written chapters for The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics, and Ethics in Communication. His essays appear online at Salon, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Nomos Journal, and Trans-missions. He is a co-editor of Prophetic Critique and Popular Media (Peter Lang, 2013). Prof. Healey is a recipient of the 2014 Media Ecology Association Top Paper Award and the 2010 Clifford G. Christians Research Ethics Award.


Call for Visiting Fellows

We are currently soliciting applications for 2017 Visiting Research Fellows.The McGannon Center invites university faculty, post-docs, and ABD graduate students from any disciplinary background in Communications to apply for appointments as Visiting Research Fellows at the Center. While this position carries no stipend, Fellows enjoy the benefits of research affiliation with the McGannon Center, including office space and administrative support at the Center on Fordham’s Bronx campus, computer, telephone, Internet and library access, as well as the resources of New York City, one of the media capitals of the world.

Visiting Research Fellows can hold appointments for one or two semesters. If selected, Fellows are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses but small research stipends (under $1000) for project expenses can be provided. Fellows are expected to present their research at a public lecture and contribute to the Center’s Research Report Series. If space is available applications for appointments of shorter duration as Research Visitors will also be considered. Applicants for both Fellow and Visitor positions should schedule their visits to last at the latest until May 31st or start after September 1st

Those applying for a  Visiting Research Fellowship should do so at least six weeks before the projected start of the fellowship. Please send the following documents to with the subject line “Visiting Research Fellow Application”

  • Cover letter, introducing yourself and how your project relates to McGannon’s mission
  • CV
  • Project brief, including a summary of the project you plan to pursue at McGannon; your plan for accomplishing this project, including a schedule; and why being in residence at McGannon will help you accomplish your research or career goals (should not exceed 1-2 pages). If you are requesting research funding, please include a budget.
  • The names and contact information for two references who can provide letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample, such as an academic article, book chapter, whitepaper, or dissertation chapter

Ideal candidates will be in Communication, Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Public Policy, Information Science, HCI or similar fields and pursuing a research project related to the ethical and social justice dimensions of communication technology. We are looking for collaboratively-minded people who wish to contribute to the growth and vibrancy of the Center.

If selected, Fellows are expected to attend McGannon events, give a public talk during 2017, and contribute a paper to our Working Paper series.

Please email with any questions.

New Book: Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives

I am delighted to announce the latest publication in the Everett C. Parker Book Series, which I edit.

Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman, Jonathan A. Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney.


Media reform plays an increasingly important role in the struggle for social justice. As battles are fought over the future of investigative journalism, media ownership, spectrum management, speech rights, broadband access, network neutrality, the surveillance apparatus, and digital literacy, what effective strategies can be used in the pursuit of effective media reform?

Prepared by thirty-three scholars and activists from more than twenty-five countries, Strategies for Media Reform focuses on theorizing media democratization and evaluating specific projects for media reform. This edited collection of articles offers readers the opportunity to reflect on the prospects for and challenges facing campaigns for media reform and gathers significant examples of theory, advocacy, and activism from multinational perspectives.

This book is unusual because of the breadth of scholarship therein. Rather than focusing on US and Western European perspectives, the contributions include work on Mexico, Taiwan, West Africa, Israel, South America, Egypt, and Guatemala, among many others. It includes a forward by Robert McChesney and a fantastic review essay by Des Freeman and Jonathan Obar.


  • Offers a truly multi-national perspective on media theory, advocacy, and activism.
  • Discusses pressing concerns and challenges in media, such as the use of social media to build reform movements, new legislation for the democratization of media, and how best to empower media reformers.
  • Explores the lessons to be taken and the aftereffects of recent battles for media democratization, such as the SOPA blackout.

A must-read for anyone interested in activism and social change around media policy.

Buy it at Fordham University Press or at Amazon.

New Working Paper: The American Data Culture Since 1820 by Sung-Wook Jung

One of our former Visiting Research Fellows, Sung-Wook Jung, has published his working paper, titled “The American Data Culture Since 1820: From Madison’s Political Philosophy to Nielsen Ratings.”

Three decades after peoplemeters were introduced into the business of syndicated audience measurement, there are approximately 20,000 peoplemeter-installed households in the US. However, growth of peoplemeters has been far slower or stationary in similarly developed countries: Japan’s number has yet to hit over 1,000; the UK’s has stayed between 4,000 and 5,000 for over two decades. Presuming that cultural variance is a critical variable in determining how particular television advertising markets respond to technological innovation in audience measurement, this study attempts to identify American data culture by using what historians say about the American past as ethnographic data. To understand the unique data culture of the US, this study examines a historian’s transcription of President Kennedy’s 1963 order of a survey on racial equality as representative, employing Clifford Geertz’s semiotic definition of culture. Identifying its historical origins, this study asserts that American data culture has been perpetuated primarily by the evangelical beliefs in God’s benevolence and common sense, once forged by the radical egalitarianism of the American Revolution and incorporated institutionally in the schedule of the 1820 Census. Informed by Madisonian insights on the role of limited government, this egalitarian culture has led the American people to maintain unique habits of mind useful for reaching a better state of Union.

You can download the paper here, from our digital research repository. More working papers and research resources can be found here.

JOB: DTEM lecturer at Fordham, 2016-2017

1yr Lecturer in Digital Technology and Emerging Media @ Fordham


The Department of Communication and Media Studies is searching for a one-year lecturer appointment with a 4-3 course load, to begin Fall 2016 with the possibility of renewal. The lecturer will teach within our Digital Technology and Emerging Media major and will be based primarily at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus–though there may also be some opportunities at the Lincoln Center.

For Fall 2016 the lecturer would have the following schedule:
– DTEM 3476 Social Media: MT 11:30-12:45
– DTEM 3476 Social Media MT 4:00-5:15
– Plus two additional courses

The course description for DTEM 3476 is as follows: This class critically examines popular computer-mediated communication technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Students will critically analyze, use, and encounter a broad range of social technologies. Students will also learn basic social media skills, “best practices,” and to create and propagate content.


The lecturer will teach two other courses TBD based on their area of specialization. The Spring semester will be more flexible.

Lecturer positions have health benefits.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, and a proposed syllabus for DTEM 3476 to (Jacqueline Reich, Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies). Materials must be received by Monday, April 25.
Please email me if you have any questions, and please feel free to circulate this call widely.

Liz Losh lecture on 4/18

Our final lecture event of the semester is coming up next week. Liz Losh is an Associate Professor at William & Mary, and the former director of UCSD’s Culture, Art & Technology program. She’s also the co-winner of last year’s McGannon Book Award. We’re delighted to have her here at Fordham and urge everyone to come to the talk!

Liz Losh Picture

Digital Universalism and the Posthuman University: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education

Walsh Library 432, O’Hare Special Collections Room

Fordham College Rose Hill, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY

2012 was declared to be “the year of the MOOC” by no less than the New York Times, but stories of failure abounded about Massive Open Online Courses in the years that followed. This talk argues that MOOCs themselves might have been remarkably uniform as vehicles for content delivery, but they spurred a valuable diversity of pedagogical reactions among faculty to their particular format for free large-scale distance learning. Public debate and discussion about MOOCs has spurred a variety of innovative pedagogical experiments in higher education: SPOCs (Small Personalized Online Courses), DOCCs (Distributed Open Collaborative Courses), POOCs (Public Open Online Courses), and many other new variants of online teaching.  By attending to the messy, material, embodied, affective, labor-intensive, and situated character of digital learning, this talk posits some possible best practices for faculty, students, and administrators.

Elizabeth Losh is an associate professor of English and American studies at William and Mary with a specialization in new media ecologies. Before joining William and Mary, she directed the Culture, Art, and Technology Program at the University of California, San Diego. She is a core member and former co-facilitator of the feminist technology collective FemTechNet, a founding member of the Center for Solutions to Online Violence, and a member of the HASTAC Steering Committee.

Co-Sponsored by the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group and the Department of Communication & Media Studies

Pirate radio & public housing: Larisa Mann speaks this Thursday 3/10

exilic cultural spaces

Our fabulous Visiting Research Fellow Larisa Mann is speaking this Thursday, March 10 at 3pm at the Fordham Law School. It’s free and open to the public!

Exilic cultural spaces: How public housing and state neglect in England allowed pirate radio to flourish—and why it matters

Larisa Kingston Mann

Fordham Law School 3-06

March 10, 3pm

In England, illegal, unlicensed radio broadcasting has especially served the needs of communities excluded or looked down on by dominant culture and often neglected by British state-run radio’s mission – including immigrants, ethnic minorities, working-class and Black communities, and youth. Pirate radio’s existence at the borders of legality (or beyond) has also allowed cultural practices to flourish that were not welcome in dominant or official media, including DJ culture that involves unlicensed musical reuse as a fundamental creative practice. At the same time, the music fostered by these broadcasts has been extremely influential in popular music, and pirate radio persists to this day in British cities despite the availability of web radio broadcasting. These stations’ main history is in public housing projects whose geography, architecture, and social context all served to protect and foster a vibrant and expressive culture. It’s possible that exclusion and illegality, especially when combined with specific aspects of public infrastructure, can help foster communities’ culture on their own terms. Taking this seriously requires that we also question the extent to which digital radio is as capable of meeting community needs, or whether it will be a paradoxically more hostile environment for musics of marginalized people.

Dr. Larisa Kingston Mann is a Visiting Research Fellow at the McGannon Center for Communication Research, Fordham University. She has a PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from UC Berkeley Law School and a M.Sc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Her research addresses the ways that marginalized communities carve out spaces for culture-making, especially the legal, technological and physical contexts that shape how those spaces get made. This has led her to study illegal musical events from warehouse parties to pirate radio, and to research that challenges dominant framings of the value of visibility or exposure in surveillance and privacy discourse. Her experience is also informed by 20 years as a DJ playing underground music in the North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America. She has most recently published in Communication, Culture and Critique, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Co-Sponsored by the Urban Law Center

We’re super excited about this talk and hope to see you there!