Rodney Benson

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Rodney Benson

Phone: 998 5820

**On leave Fall 2015

Rodney Benson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

He is the author of Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison (Cambridge, 2013), winner of the 2014 AEJMC Tankard Book Award.

Silvio Waisbord, editor of the Journal of Communication, has praised the book as “a sophisticated, elegant, and evidence-packed cross-national analysis that will be a go-to reference for comparative media research.”

Benson is also editor (with Erik Neveu) of Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field (Polity 2005; Chinese translation forthcoming 2015) and co-author (with Matthew Powers) of Public Media and Political Independence: Lessons for the Future of Journalism from Around the World (Free Press, 2011).

He is currently working on a new book, How Media Ownership Matters (Oxford, under contract), with Mattias Hesserus and Julie Sedel. Drawing on interviews and organizational data from Sweden, France, and the United States, the book goes beyond the standard media concentration debate to explore how different forms of media ownership (commercial, civil society, and public) facilitate different types of journalism.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, he was assistant professor of international communications and sociology at The American University of Paris; prior to his academic career, he was chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley. His articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the American Sociological Review, Political Communication, Press/Politics, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera.com, and the Miami Herald.

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