Associate Professor of Communication


Communication (BA)
Communication (PhD)


ANN 414J

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On research leave 2019-2020

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Communication technologies
Disruption and Innovation
New Media
Qualitative Methodologies
Race and Gender Studies
Science and Society
The history of communication policy in the U.S.

**On research leave 2020-2021**

Professor Dunbar-Hester conducts research into the politics of technology. She is the author of two monographs on activism in technical communities: most recently, Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton U. Press, 2020); and Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014). Low Power to the People was selected as the co-winner of the 2014 McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Technology Research

Professor Dunbar-Hester's new research directions include natureculture, environmental studies, and lively and deadly envirotechnical systems. She is interested in supervising research on social and cultural aspects of science and technology. She worked to establish the PhD certificate in Science & Technology Studies at USC and is a faculty affiliate with the Center on Science, Technology & Public Life, where she convenes a research group on urban ecosystems with researchers across southern California.

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 Berggruen Institute, 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 Technology Channel. An updated version of this course is offered regularly. She also teaches a doctoral course on ethnographic research.