News Archive

  • CFP: 'Mediated Populisms' The 2017 Neil Postman Graduate Conference
  • CFP Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017Conference: Friday, October 6, 2017Keynote: Zeynep Tufekci For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit postmanconference.org. At 3:30 a.m. on November 9, just after the 2016 U.S. election ... More
  • How Do We Know What to Believe? Media Literacy in 2017
  • The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Center for Communication will host “Media Literacy: Be Your Own Critic” on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 pm. In this panel discussion, media thought leaders and ... More
  • MCC Professor Is Founding Editor of New Online Journal
  • Associate Professor Mara Mills is among the founding editors of the new biannual journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.  Catalyst was conceived to expand the feminist and critical intellectual legacies of science and ... More
  • Four Grammy Award Nominations for NYU Steinhardt Faculty
  • Three faculty members from the Jazz Studies program in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School received a total of four 2017 Grammy Award nominations, announced today by the Recording Academy. John Scofield received two nominations, one for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his album Country For Old Men and […] More
  • MCC Professor Receives Award from the Future of Privacy Forum
  • The Future of Privacy Forum announced that a paper co-authored by MCC Professor Helen Nissenbaum was one of five academic papers to receive its annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. The paper, Privacy of Public Data, is pending ... More
  • Books from Our Faculty: Helga Tawil-Souri’s Gaza as Metphor
  • Gaza as Metaphor (Hurst Publishers, 2016) demonstrates the realities of life within Gaza through a collection of essays by journalists, writers, doctors, academics, and others. Edited by Helga Tawil-Souri, associate professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt, and University of London’s Dina Matar, the volume contextualizes how the current situation in Gaza is […] More
  • Research Grants Fund Summer Fieldwork for Two MCC Doctoral Students
  • Angela Arias-Zapata and Colette Perold received grants from the Tinker Foundation for travel to Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. The intent of the Tinker funding is to “allow students to familiarize themselves with ... More
  • MCC Symposium Explores Contemporary Art in China in Anticipation of 2017 Guggenheim Exhibition
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication will host Art and China after 1989: New Perspectives. The symposium, which includes 15 emerging scholars in the field of contemporary Chinese ... More
  • Activist Hashtags: Counterpublics and Discourse Circulation
  • A new journal article by doctoral candidate Rachel Kuo examines the ways in which hashtags frame and drive racial justice discourse. The piece, published in the latest issue of New Media & Society, focuses on the usage of hashtags ... More
  • Research Looks at How Racial Inequality is Produced Online
  • Internet users tend to navigate between websites in a racially segregated way, despite pathways that provide equitable access to different sites, finds a new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The ... More
  • Steinhardt Study Looks at How Racial Inequality is Produced Online
  • Internet users tend to navigate between websites in a racially segregated way, despite pathways that provide equitable access to different sites, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. The findings are published online in the journal Information, Communication, and Society. Discussions about racial inequality on the web have been going on for decades, but few studies […] More
  • Rise of China’s Culture Industries
  • A new book by Professor Lily Chumley examines the emergence of China’s creative economy as “culture workers,” tasked with developing new imaginaries to stimulate consumption in the post-socialist marketplace, burst onto ... More
  • MCC Doctoral Candidate Receives Prestigious Mellon/ACLS Fellowship
  • MCC PhD candidate Liz Koslov is among an impressive group of Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous peer review process. Her thesis Retreat: ... More
  • Professor David Wills Examines Space and Place at NYU Tel Aviv
  • David Clinton Wills, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, will teach a new Dean’s Global Honors Seminar in New York and Tel Aviv in fall 2016. The seminar will combine a semester-long course In New York with a one ... More
  • Student Award Winners 2016
  • The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is happy to announce the winners of its undergraduate and graduate departmental awards. To feature this talented group, we updated the classic Proust Questionnaire and collected their candid ... More
  • Nicole Starosielski Receives Award For Best First Book From The Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • At its annual spring conference, SCMS announced the selection of MCC Assistant Professor Nicole Starosielski's The Undersea Network as the best first book published in the field of film and media studies in the last ... More
  • Fred Turner is the 2016 LeBoff Distinguished Visiting Scholar
  • MCC is pleased to announce that Stanford Professor Fred Turner will lead a special graduate seminar entitled Cybernetics and Its Histories later this month. The course will begin with Norbert Wiener's coining of the term in 1948, offering ... More
  • Beyond the Hashtags: Report Coauthored by Charlton McIlwain Examines #BlackLivesMatter
  • In 2014, a dedicated activity movement—Black Lives Matter—ignited an urgent national conversation about police killings of unarmed Black citizens. Online tools have been credited as critical in this effort, but researchers are only beginning to evaluate this claim. A new research report—coauthored by Deen Freelon of American University, Charlton McIlwain of NYU Steinhardt, and Meredith D. Clark of […] More
  • MCC Symposium Examines Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education
  • The Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education symposium, hosted by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt, brings together educational specialists, journalists, and academics to open a dialogue around the ... More
  • “Making Waves: Policing Race” with Charlton McIlwain – March 1
  • NYUs Steinhardt will host “Making Waves: Policing Race,” a conversation on race, surveillance technology, and policing in the United States. Moderated by Charlton McIlwain, associate professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt, the discussion will address equality in America’s criminal justice system, including how the increased use of surveillance technology promotes racial bias and […] More
  • Helen Nissenbaum and Cornell Researcher Awarded NSF Grant to Study Privacy
  • MCC Professor Helen Nissenbaum and Cornell computer scientist Deborah Estrin have received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled A Research Agenda to Explore Privacy in "Small Data" Applications. Together they will ... More
  • Q&A with Arjun Appadurai on new book “Banking on Words”
  • With Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (University of Chicago Press), Arjun Appadurai, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, delves into the culture of derivative finance and ... More
  • Books from Our Faculty: Obfuscation by Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum
  • Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest By Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum MIT Press, 2015 Obfuscation – the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects – is the focus of a new book by Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. […] More
  • MA Student Takes Home Award for Best Graduate Paper at NYSCA Conference
  • MCC student Audrey Turner received the award for her paper entitled "Selfies as Lacan's Mirror Stage," which she presented at last weekend's New York State Communication Association conference. The paper, written for MCC Professor Feldman's seminar ... More
  • Doctoral Student Receives 2015 Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship
  • MCC doctoral student Matthew Hockenberry is the recipient of the 2015 Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship, administered by the Society for the History of Technology. The fellowship, awarded annually to one graduate student, is given in memory ... More
  • Media Scholar, Natasha Dow Schüll, Joins Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll has joined Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication as an associate professor. Schüll’s first book, Addiction By Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press 2012), explored the relationship between technology, design, and addiction, drawing on research among compulsive gamblers and slot machine designers. Alexis Madrigal, senior tech editor […] More
  • Peace Corps and NYU Partner on New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
  • The Peace Corps and New York University announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. This partnership marks the largest Fellows program between the Peace Corps and a university, with seven NYU schools and centers, including the Steinhardt School, accepting returned […] More
  • Natasha Schüll Joins MCC
  • Media scholar and cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll has been appointed Associate Professor in the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, effective July 1, 2015. Schüll joins NYU Steinhardt from MIT's ... More
  • Rodney Benson Wins 2015 International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award
  • MCC Associate Professor Rodney Benson was presented with the International Journal of Press/Politics (IJPP) Best Book Award, sponsored by Sage Publications, at last week's 65th annual International Communication Association conference for his ... More
  • 2015 MCC Student Award Winners
  • The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is happy to announce the winners of its undergraduate and graduate departmental awards. To feature this talented group, we updated the classic Proust Questionnaire and collected ... More
  • Faculty Compilation is WQXR's Album of the Week
  • The release of MCC Associate Professor Martin Scherzinger's latest work, African Math, has garnered high praise from music critics. WQXR—the largest classical music station in the U.S.—recently selected African Math as its Album of the ... More
  • MCC Doctoral Student Receives Mellon/ACLS Fellowship
  • Tamara Kneese has been awarded a 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her work "Digital Afterlives: Patterning Posterity Through Networked Remains." Her dissertation chair is MCC Assistant Professor Erica Robles-Anderson. By ... More
  • Paula Chakravartty Co-edits Special Issue of Television and New Media
  • Along with Professor Srirupa Roy, Associate Professor Paula Chakravartty has edited the May 2015 issue for the journal Television and New Media. The articles in Modi and the Media: Indian Politics and Electoral Aftermath focus on the ... More
  • Steinhardt Doctoral Student Wins Council of Learned Societies’ Dissertation Competition
  • Tamara Kneese a doctoral student in Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies’ Dissertation Competition Fellowship. She is among four NYU graduate students to receive this honor. Kneese’s award-winning dissertation, “Digital Afterlives: Patterning Posterity through Networked Remains,” examines the status of digital assets after death. Knees […] More
  • Inside Books: The Undersea Network by Nicole Starosielski
  • The Undersea Network By Nicole Starosielski Duke University Press, 2015 Despite our efforts to go “wireless,” we live in a world that is more wired than ever. Submarine cable systems — not satellites — are responsible for carrying 99 percent of all transoceanic digital communications, including phone calls, texts, emails, websites, and digital images and […] More
  • The Undersea Network
  • A new book by Nicole Starosielski examines the vast underwater infrastructure undergirding the world's Internet. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the beaches of the ... More
  • MCC Research Fellow Awarded Funding for FemTechNet Collaboration
  • A collaboration that will include postdoctoral research fellow Seda Gurses has received funding from the Digital Media and Learning Trust Challenge, which aims to foster trust in online learning environments. Their Resilience Network: ... More
  • Two New Publications by Rodney Benson and Tim Wood
  • MCC Associate Professor Rodney Benson and doctoral student Tim Wood have authored two new research studies. Their article Who Says What or Nothing at All? Speakers, Frames, and Frameless Quotes in Unauthorized Immigration News in the United States, ... More
  • MCC Senior Wins Honorable Mention at National Hackathon
  • MCC senior Khalifa Niasse represented NYU at the 2015 Journalism School Hackathon co-hosted by PBS Media Shift and Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Khalifa, who was nominated by his MCC advisors, secured a ... More
  • Bernhard Siegert to Lead Special Seminar at MCC
  • Professor Siegert comes to NYU as the 2015 Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff Visiting Scholar. He will teach a four-week graduate seminar entitled Cultural Techniques. This is also the title of Siegert's forthcoming book. Bernhard Siegert is the Gerd ... More
  • Rodney Benson on Public Media as Engine for Democracy
  • Rodney Benson associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, discusses the political and cultural fallout of defunding National Public Radio (NPR) in The Christian Science Monitor’s Opinion column. Benson argues that research on public media in other democracies shows that public radio and television deserve support. “The highest quality, most independent public media systems – such as those in Germany, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries – tend to be those that can rely on a steady, substantial stream of public funding,” he writes. Benson views public media as “an engine for democracy,” a benefit, he believes that should resonate with lawmakers across the political spectrum. Read NPR defunding vote: Don’t diminish democracy to settle a political score. More