Assistant Professor


Communication Ph.D Program


ANN 414J

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Disruption and Innovation
Emerging Media
Information and Communication Technologies
Science and Society

Professor Dunbar-Hester is an ethnographer who studies the intersection of technical practice and political engagement. She is the author of Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014). This book examines activism to promote local community radio even in a "digital" age. It was selected as the co-winner of the 2014 McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Technology Research.  

Prof. Dunbar-Hester's current research centers on advocacy to address diversity issues in open technology communities like hackerspaces and open source software.

Dunbar-Hester holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining USC Annenberg, she taught in Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University, where she was also affiliated faculty in Women's & Gender Studies. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew J. Mellon Humanities Project, the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology & Society. 

Many of her publications can be found as PDF's here

You can view a write-up of her doctoral course on Science & Technology Studies for Communication and Media Studies online at The Atlantic's Techology Channel.  An updated version of this course is offered regularly.