Associate Professor of Communication


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 as Berggruen Fellow, 2019-2020**

Professor Dunbar-Hester is an ethnographer with expertise in the politics of technology. Her latest book is Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. This research centers on advocacy to address diversity issues in open technology communities like hackerspaces and open source software. 

She is also 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.  

Professor Dunbar-Hester's other research interests include in natureculture, environmental studies, animal studies, and interspecies communication/sensing, and she is particularly interested in supervising research on social and cultural aspects of science and technology. 

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 ethnography.