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Mike
Ananny

Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism
An interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of communication, journalism studies, media studies, and science and technology studies, Ananny traces how technologies and cultures of media production have the power to shape public life.
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Photo of Mike Ananny
An interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of communication, journalism studies, media studies, and science and technology studies, Ananny traces how technologies and cultures of media production have the power to shape public life.
Expertise: 
Computation and Informatics, Data and Coding, Digital Media, Ethics, Policy and Law, Politics, Social Media, Technology and Innovation
Research and Practice Areas: 
Culture and Media
News and Media Industries
Science, Technology and Innovation
Center Affiliation: 

Mike
Ananny

Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism
Academic Program Affiliation: 

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Mike Ananny is an associate professor of communication and journalism at USC Annenberg, where he studies how technologies and cultures of media production have the power to shape public life. Working across communication, journalism studies, media studies, and science and technology studies, he sees the future of public life in the practices, assumptions, and controversies driving social media platforms, data infrastructures, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

He is also on the faculty advisory committee of USC’s Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life and co-leads the interdisciplinary research collective “MASTS” (Media as SocioTechnical Systems). He was a 2019-2021 faculty fellow with USC’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities, a 2018-19 Berggruen fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and has held fellowships and scholarships with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center on Internet and Society, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, LEGO, and Interval Research. He was a founding member of Media Lab Europe, a postdoc with Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective, and has consulted for LEGO, Mattel, and Nortel Networks.

His PhD is from Stanford University (communication), SM from the MIT Media Lab (media arts and sciences), and BSc from the University of Toronto (human biology and computer science). He regularly publishes in various academic and popular venues (including The Atlantic, WIRED, and the Nieman Lab), is the author of Networked Press Freedom (MIT Press, 2018), co-editor (with Laura Forlano and Molly Wright Steenson) of Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019), and is preparing a manuscript on the public power of silence and mediated absences (under contract with Yale University Press).

Awards and honors:

Faculty fellow with USC’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities (2019-2021)
Berggruen fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2018-2019)
Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism (2017-2018)
Fellow and faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society (2010-2014)
Doctoral scholar with Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2006-2010)

Fall 2021

COMM 495: Honors Seminar