Christopher Holmes Smith
Christopher Holmes Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Communication at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where he also serves as co-director of the Media, Economics, and Entrepreneurship initiative. Smith's primary research interests regard the dynamic cultural processes and epistemological assumptions which have propelled the trend toward market liberalism and the rise of transnational networks of financial capital between the 1970s and the present. He also conducts research, teaches, and writes about convergence and post-network television, reputation and the celebrity economy, and multiculturalism and consumer society.
Smith's scholarship and commentary have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Social Text and the International Journal of Communication. He has been featured on a number of large media outlets -- including MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, the NFL Network, Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, KTLA-TV, NPR, the BBC, CBC-Radio Canada, and Reuters -- and he has also written feature stories on bellwether media figures and the business of entertainment for mainstream publications and Web sites such as The Washington Post, AOL.com, Elle, Interview, BlackEnterprise.com, The Source, XXL, and Vibe.
Before joining the faculty at USC Annenberg, Smith served as the director of Primary Research for Ruder Finn Public Relations in New York City.
Smith earned his doctoral and master's degrees in media and cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. Smith lives in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife and two children.