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Media, Culture, and Communication

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Welcome to the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

We specialize in the study of media and technology in their cultural, social, and global contexts. Our faculty research and teach on media topics spanning the globe — from East and South Asia to Western Europe, the Americas, and Africa. 

Degrees

Bachelor of Science
Media, Culture, and Communication

The media studies BS engages the history, present, and future of global media, offering significant opportunities to study media abroad in international contexts.

Master of Arts
Media, Culture, and Communication

The media studies MA trains agile researchers of a shifting global media landscape.

Doctor of Philosophy
Media, Culture, and Communication

The interdisciplinary media studies doctorate foregrounds a diverse array of research methods and theoretical frameworks.

News

Celebrating the end of the NYU at Weber Shandwick Masters in Residence program

A partnership between Steinhardt's MCC department and Weber Shandwick, the program hosted 12 scholars over the course of four years, where each student pursued a two-year graduate degree.

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Laine Nooney explores “How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body” for VICE Motherboard

Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Laine Nooney explains the history of computer-related pain.

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The Sexual Politics of Border Control

Media, Culture, and Communication doctoral student Michelle Pfeifer co-edits special issue published in the Journal for Ethnic and Racial Studies

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Professors Paula Chakravartty and Ajantha Subramanian explain why caste inequality matters in America

Professors from NYU Steinhardt MCC and Gallatin and Harvard Anthropology Department collaborate in New York Times article “Why Is Caste Inequality Still Legal in America?”

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Steinhardt MCC Visiting Assistant Professor awarded ACLS Fellowship for 2021

Cassius Adair, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dept of Media, Culture, and Communication has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for his upcoming book project.

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Steinhardt MCC PhD student awarded NSF research grant

Doctoral student at Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication has been awarded a National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant in the Science & Technology Studies Program.

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MCC 2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's school and departmental awards.

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NYU Steinhardt’s Susan Murray Awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship

Susan Murray, a professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced.

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With NSF Grant, Researchers Document the Experiences of Disabled People During COVID

Mara Mills, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, is Principal Investigator on this study aimed at capturing and analyzing disability expertise during the Covid pandemic.

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Essays on Computational Cultures from India

Fourth-year Media, Culture, and Communication doctoral student Sandeep Mertia has published the edited volume "Lives of Data: Essays on Computational Cultures from India."

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Ensuring Greener Operations for Global Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Nicole Starosielski is part of a research team that will offer the first carbon footprint assessment of subsea cables—a global network that currently carries 99% of transoceanic Internet traffic.

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Lisa Gitelman Explains Why Trump's Twitter Archive is a Pressing Concern for Media Historians

In an op-ed for CNN, Media, Culture, and Communication professor Lisa Gitelman shows how the Trump twitter ban highlights a larger question of preserving context and content in digital communication.

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With ACLS/Mellon Fellowship, Nicholas Mirzoeff Pursues Anti-Racist Visual Activism

A leading figure in the field of Visual Culture, the Media, Culture, and Communication professor is spending the 2020/21 year as a Scholar in Residence at the Magnum Foundation.

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Racial Justice Advocate and NYU Alum on What Keeps Him Hopeful About the Future

Media, Culture, and Communication alum Janerick Holmes (BS 2011) is buoyed by the resilient and passionate fellows that pass through the Racial Justice Institute, where he serves as Associate Director.

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NYU in Top 10 for Media Studies

New York University claims the 10th spot in the QS Top Universities ranking of media studies programs worldwide.

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Three Takeaways from Working in the Entertainment Industry: An Interview with Lena Kleinfeld (BS '15)

Lena Kleinfeld (BA '15), a graduate of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication shares insights gleaned from working in the communications industry.

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Evaluating Corporate Commitment to Social Justice

In the midst of a global pandemic and against the backdrop of heightened focus on police violence and the inequities experienced by the black community, MCC's 4 Weber Shandwick Scholars were assigned a timely project by the DC office.

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The Place Where Video Games, Gender, and Sexuality Meet: An Interview with New Faculty Member Whitney Pow

Whitney Pow is a media studies scholar whose research focuses on queer and trans histories of video games, software, and computational media. We spoke to them about their scholarship and art.

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Studying the VR/AR Industry

A new course on the business of VR is coming to MCC Fall 2020. We spoke to the professor, Samantha Wolfe.

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Making Media Accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: an Interview with Destiny Lopez

In award-winning research, master's candidate Destiny Lopez proposes ways to make media accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Public Culture Moves to MCC

Public Culture, the international journal of cultural studies, will now be housed at the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

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