Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, has been appointed Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.
Zuckerman has a long history of research in media and social change, the future of civics, and digital cosmopolitanism. The work of the Center for Civic Media has consistently opened new directions in understanding how social media campaigns influence social norms, how citizen journalism influences mainstream news narratives, and how new media platforms enable radically different forms of storytelling. Examples of this work include Media Cloud, a platform for analysis of online news and media, supported by the Ford Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; FOLD.cm and Deepstream.tv, open source media publishing platforms; and Promise Tracker, a partnership with Brazilian community activists to map neighborhoods and mobilize around local issues.
Zuckerman is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W. W. Norton, 2013). He was co-founder of global blogging community Global Voices, and is an alumnus of the Berkman Center at Harvard, Geekcorps, and Tripod. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and, as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon.