Henry Jenkins

Henry
Jenkins

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education
Primary Investigator, Civic Paths Research Group
The author or editor of 20 books on media and popular culture, Henry Jenkins has spent his career exploring the intersections between participatory culture, participatory learning and participatory politics.
Henry Jenkins
The author or editor of 20 books on media and popular culture, Henry Jenkins has spent his career exploring the intersections between participatory culture, participatory learning and participatory politics.
Expertise: 
Arts and Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Entertainment, Gaming, Gender and Sexuality, History, Marketing, Media Literacy, Politics, Popular Culture, Social Media
Research and Practice Areas: 
Civic Engagement and Social Justice
Culture and Media
Center Affiliation: 

Henry
Jenkins

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education
Primary Investigator, Civic Paths Research Group

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Henry Jenkins is the author or editor of 20 books on various aspects of media and popular culture. Among his best known works are Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture, By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activists, Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Social Change and Comics and Stuff.

Jenkins came to USC after 20 years as a faculty member at MIT, where he created and co-chaired the comparative media studies master’s program and launched an innovative agenda of public-facing scholarship concerning new media literacies, educational and innovative gaming, convergence culture and civic media.

A central theme of this scholarship concerns the ways that everyday people learn, work, create, and advocate in a context where more people have the capacity to create, curate and circulate media content. This concern has taken him from an early focus on media fans and audiences through to work on the ways participatory culture impacts education, business, and more recently, politics. He leads the Civic Paths research group (funded by the MacArthur Foundation) which experiments with new ways of enhancing civic engagement and fostering the civic imagination.

Jenkins also writes extensively about cinema, television, comics, computer games, online communities, popular theater, and other forms of popular media, primarily in the American context.

He has a long-standing commitment to increase public access and awareness of communication, media studies, and cultural studies research. In the service of that mission, Jenkins co-hosts the podcast How Do You Like It So Far? with ASCJ faculty member Colin Maclay and has run his widely read blog, Confessions of an Acafan, for more than 15 years.

Awards and honors:

Recipient, Jessie McCanse Award, the National Telemedia Council.
Chair of Modern Culture, Kluge Center, U.S. Library of Congress.
Honorary Doctorate, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
ICA Fellows Book Award for Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide.
Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, in recognition of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide.

Books

Comics and Stuff, author (New York University Press, 2020).

Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Social Change, co-author (New York University Press, 2020).

By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism, co-author (New York University Press, 2016).

Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture, co-author (New York University Press, 2013).

Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, author (Routledge, Chapman and Hall, first edition, 1992; 20th anniversary edition, 2012).

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, author (New York University Press, 2006).

Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture, co-author (Duke University Press, 2003).

From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games, co-author (MIT Press, 1998).

Spring 2020

COMM 519: Cultural Studies in Communication

COMM 790: Research

JOUR 490x: Directed Research

JOUR 590: Directed Research

PR 491: Transmedia, New Media and Strategic Public Relations