Dmitri Williams
Associate Professor of Communication


Communication (BA)
Communication (PhD)
Communication Management (MCG)
Global Communication (MA)




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Video Game Industry

Dmitri Williams is an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he teaches courses on technology and society, games and data analytics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2004. His research focuses on the social and economic impacts of new media, with a focus on online games. He works actively with game companies and startups. Williams was the first researcher to use online games for experiments and to undertake longitudinal research on video games. He continues to study the psychology of online populations, with projects involving community, identity, sexuality, economics and neuroscience.

He has published in the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Monographs and others. His work has also been featured in several press accounts, most recently on NPR, and in publications including the Economist, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and others. Williams testified before the U.S. Senate on video games and has served as an expert witness and consultant in federal court cases.

Course Titles

CMGT 530, New Technology

CMGT 537, Video Games

COMM 309, Communication and Technology