Rodney Benson

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Rodney Benson

Phone: 998 5820

Rodney Benson is associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the NYU Dept. of Sociology and has been a visiting scholar or invited lecturer at universities in France (Toulouse IEP, Paris EHESS), Germany (Universities of Bremen and Weimar), Denmark (Copenhagen Business School, Roskilde University), Norway (University of Oslo), and Finland (University of Helsinki).

Benson's research lies at the intersection of the sociology of culture, the sociology of globalization, political communication, and journalism studies.

Benson is the author of Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison (Cambridge, 2013) and co-author (with Matthew Powers) of the Free Press policy report Public Media and Political Independence (2011). He is also the editor (with Erik Neveu) of Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field (Polity, 2005).

His numerous articles on comparative media research, media and immigration, the U.S. and French (and other European) news media, and the theories of Bourdieu and Habermas have been published in such journals as Press/Politics, The American Sociologist, Poetics, Political Communication, American Sociological Review, European Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society, Theory and Society, French Politics, Culture & Society, and Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales. He has also published articles of media criticism in the Christian Science Monitor, AlJazeera.com, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the Miami Herald.

Benson has also written book chapters on U.S. alternative newsweeklies in Contesting Media Power (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003, J. Curran and N. Couldry, eds.), comparative media research in The Routledge Companion to News Media and Journalism Studies (Routledge, 2009, S. Allan, ed.), journalism and the internet in New Media, Old News (Sage, 2009, N. Fenton, ed.), reconceptualizing media sociology in Media Sociology: A Reappraisal (Polity, 2014, S. Waisbord, ed.), and de-westerning media theory in Internationalizing International Communication (Michigan, in press, C.C. Le, ed.).

He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Press/Politics and Politiques de Communication.

Benson has taught the PhD and MA core theory seminars, a PhD/MA course on comparative media systems/production of culture (cross-listed with sociology), and undergraduate courses on media and globalization, public relations and the public sphere, and production of culture.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, he was assistant professor of international communications and sociology at The American University of Paris. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley.

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