Jonathan Aronson
Professor of Communication and of International Relations


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


(310) 741-2860


KER 206

Office Hours

By appointment

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Global governance
Information and Communication Technologies
International communication policy
International political economy
International Relations
New Media
Trade Negotiations

Center Affiliation

Annenberg Research Network on International Communication

Jonathan Aronson is Professor of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as well as Professor of International Relations at USC.

Professor Aronson studies international political economy with special attention to trade negotiations, trade in services, comparative regulation, international strategic alliances and international telecommunications. His most recent book, Managing the World Economy: The Consequences of Corporate Alliances, considers how changes in the way the world economy works will force governments to find new ways to conduct their international economic relations after the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. He also studies how the globalization of telecommunications networks is influenced by intellectual property, standard setting, and competition policy issues and the implications of these changes for regulation, privacy and the digital divide.

He is the co-author (with Peter Cowhey) of Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2017). Digital DNA explores the implications of the Information and Production Disruption for Global Governance. It also argues that information and communication innovations have transformed both service industries and manufacturing industries globally. National economies have been transformed everywhere, raising huge issues for global governance. New trade issues, including the cloud, cybersecurity, and privacy are addressed. Aronson and Cowhey’s book suggests a way forward.

His 2009 book Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation (also with Peter Cowhey, 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 Los Angeles Institute of Humanities.

Aronson graduated from Harvard University and received his PhD 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

B.A. Government, Harvard University, 1/1971
M.A. Political Science, Stanford University, 1/1973
M.A. Applied Economics, Food Research Institute, 1/1975
Ph.D. Political Science, Stanford University, 1/1977


  • December 2017: International Political Science Association (IPSA), Hannover, Germany
  • November 2017: Harvard Business School
  • November 2017: Clemson University 
  • September 2017: American Enterprise Institute
  • September 2017: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • June 2017: Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Hanoi
  • August 27 2015:  Jonathan Aronson and his collaborator Peter Cowhey from UCSD addressed the senior management of NTT on “Office presentation icon The Lesson from New Innovation Models for Policy.
  • November 16, 2009: The new political scenario of Information and Communication Technology (ICT): post-modularity. Keynote lecture delivered at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil’s “Alternatives for Infrastructure Development and Broadband Access” seminar. Office presentation icon Click here for the powerpoint presentation.
  • Oct. 12, 2009: Annenberg Research Seminar: Professor Aronson talks about Promoting Robust ICT Innovation at the Inflection Point. The talk draws from his recent book (with Peter Cowhey), Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation.

  • 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 

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My 2009 Book

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

The PDF icon online 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 2017 

  • IR 331: The Global Economy 2030 (with John Eatwell) - Identifies major drivers that will shape the global economy in 2013, provides a "tool-kit" to evaluate those forces, and suggests future possibilities.

Spring 2018

  • COMM 400: The Internet, Economy, and Society - Examines the effects of the Internet on communications industries, the economy, economic policy, and on social, political, and cultural practices.
  • COMM 487: Communication and Global Organization - Explores trends in interpersonal communications; point-to-multipoint communication; communication, creativity, and innovation; and organization, regulation, and governance.