Jonathan Aronson
Professor of Communication and of International Relations


Communication Ph.D Program




KER 206

Office Hours

Thursday 3:30-5:00 in VKC and by appointment at KER

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Information and Communication Technologies
International Relations
New Media

Center Affiliation

Annenberg Research Network on International Communication

Summer Conference and Events

  • APRU 2015 Summer Seminar: The Internet Economy in Asia. Keio University, Tokyo. August 24-29, 2015

Jonathan Aronson is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California as well as Professor of International Relations at USC.

Professor Aronson writes on issues related to international communication policy, globalization and international trade and trade negotiations. His current research focuses on ways in which communication and network developments related to privacy, equity, standard setting, competition policy, and international intellectual property shape the path of globalization. His most recent writings consider the implications of new communications technologies for globalization and international communications competition.

He is the co-author of a forthcoming volume: Digital DNA: Implications of the Information and Production Disruption for Global Governance, with Peter Cowhey, 

His 2009 book (with P. Cowhey) Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation (MIT, 2009) explains how innovation in information and communication technology (ICT) fuels the growth of the global economy. It suggests that the interests of all ICT suppliers and consumers are changing rapidly due to the diffusion of Internet, wireless, and broadband technology; growing modularity in the design of technologies; distributed computing infrastructures; and rapidly changing business models for IT industry leaders. It posits that the direction of the evolution of ICT markets depends on politics and policy. Aronson and his collaborators argue that continued rapid innovation and economic growth requires new approaches in global governance that will reconcile diverse interests and enable competition to flourish. This book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 3.0 license. It can be accessed here.

His other books include Managing the World Economy: The Consequences of International Corporate Alliances (Council on Foreign Relations) and When Countries Talk: International Trade in Telecommunications Services (Ballinger) and Trade Talks: America Better Listen! (Council on Foreign Relations).

Professor Aronson’s positions at USC have included: Director of USC’s School of International Relations and Executive Director of the Annenberg Center for Communication. He served as President of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow in the Office of the US Trade Representative, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Affairs.

Aronson graduated from Harvard University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Petersburg State University.

Positions, Honors and Fellowships
Director, USC School of International Relations (1995- 2001)
Co- Director, European Union Center of California (1998-2001)
Honorary Doctorate, St. Petersburg State University (2001)
President, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (1998)
European Community’s Visitors Program (1995)
Council of Foreign Relations International Affair Fellowship (at USTR) (1982- 1983)
Harvard Center for International Affairs (1975-1976)

Research Interests
International Communications
International Communications Policy
Global Governance

Teaching Interests
International Political Economy
International Communications
Globalization and Global Networks

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976
A.B., Harvard University, 1971



  • April 13, 2009: Aspen Institute: Jonathan Aronson discusses his new book Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation with co-authors Peter Cowhey and Don Abelson – Click here to view the video
  • April 11, 2008: Global Governance in the Digital Era, Annenberg Network on International Communication: Jonathan Aronson Global Governance in the Digital Era 

​View more presentations from ARNIC


My 2009 Book

I published Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation with Peter Cowhey in 2009.

The PDF icononline version of this work is available free of charge as a PDF file under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 3.0 license.

The print version is available for purchase from MIT Press and Amazon.

Visit the book website by clicking on the book cover. You can also view a video of a presentation pertaining to the book in the Presentations section of this website.

Table of Contents (Click to download individual sections as PDFs):

Course Titles

Fall 2015 

  • COMM 487: Communication and Global Organizations
  • ASCJ 420: Annenberg Collaboratory: Digging Deep
  • IR 331: The Global Economy 2030 (with John Eatwell)