Sam Ford (

Sam Ford

Sam Ford is Director of Cultural Intelligence at Simon & Schuster, a CBS company, as well as a research affiliate with MIT’s Program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing, a fellow with Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and an instructor with Western Kentucky University's Popular Culture Studies Program. He is also working on various initiatives about the Future of Work in Kentucky with the MIT Open Documentary Lab, the University of Southern California Civic Paths team, and others. Previously, he was VP, Innovation & Engagement, with Univision's Fusion Media Group; a director at strategic communications firm, Peppercomm; and a co-founder and project manager of the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium. He has consulted with a range of companies and projects in the media and marketing industries, academia, and the non-profit and public sectors. Sam is co-author, with Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green, of the 2013 NYU Press book Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, and co-editor, with Abigail De Kosnik and C. Lee Harrington, of the 2011 book The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era. Sam lives between NYC and Bowling Green, Ky., with wife Amanda and daughters Emma and Harper. More at his site. Thesis: As the World Turns in a Convergence Culture