ProgramCommunication Ph.D Program
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Professor Dunbar-Hester is an ethnographer who researches 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 new book, Hacking Community: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. Her current research centers on advocacy to address diversity issues in open technology communities like hackerspaces and open source software.
She is also interested in natureculture, environmental studies, animal studies, and interspecies communication/sensing.
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 Technology Channel. An updated version of this course is offered regularly. She also teaches a doctoral course on ethnography.