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Public Culture

Interdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Studies

Public Culture, the award winning interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities journal, has a new editorial home in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication.

The journal’s incoming editors, Professors Arjun Appadurai and Erica Robles-Anderson, will lead the journal into its fourth decade. While some exciting changes are to come, the journal will continue to focus on issues of global cultural and political significance and on events and places where cultural, social and political differences emerge as public phenomena. Scholars, activists, and artists from across the world are invited to present their innovative work in the journal’s pages.    

Founded in 1988 by Carol Breckenridge and Arjun Appadurai, Public Culture was previously housed at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. From its inception, the journal has provided a forum for sexual, political and disciplinary diversity on a global scale, when these values had just begun to be imagined.

The forms and effects of media have played a central role in the Public Culture vision, and so it is especially fitting for MCC to spearhead its newest incarnation.

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Erica Robles-Anderson

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Public Culture
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

For information about how to submit an article, see Public Culture's submission guidelines.

Executive Editor
Rodney Benson

Editors in Chief
Arjun Appadurai
Erica Robles-Anderson

Senior Editorial Board
Emily Apter
Ritu Birla
Keller Easterling
Michael Ralph
Vijayanthi Rao
Nicole Starosielski
Helga Tawil-Souri

Managing Editor
Vyjayanthi Rao

Assistant Editor
Sam Kellogg

Editorial Committee
Ariella Azoulay
Judit Carrera
Maria Jose de Abreu
Faisal Devji
Manthia Diawara
Lilly Irani
Alan Klima
Ben Lee
Reinhold Martin
Achille Mbembe
Dilip Menon
Natasha Schull
Hortense Spillers
Angela Zito

Founding Editors
Arjun Appadurai
Carol Breckenridge