Rodney Benson

Department Chair and Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Rodney Benson

Phone: 998 5191

Rodney Benson is Department Chair and 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 three book awards: the 2015 International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award, the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Tankard Book Award, and the 2014 NYU Steinardt Daniel Griffiths Research 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 2017) 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 research articles and essays have appeared in many leading publications, including the American Sociological Review, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Theory and Society, American Behavioral Scientist, International Journal of Communication, Le Monde Diplomatique and the Christian Science Monitor.

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