Sam Ford (samford@mit.edu)

Sam Ford

Sam Ford is Director of Cultural Intelligence at Simon & Schuster, a ViacomCBS company, as well as a research affiliate with MIT’s Program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and a Knight News Innovation Fellow with Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism. 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 in Bowling Green, KY, with wife Amanda and daughters Collins, Harper, and Emma. More at his site. Thesis: As the World Turns in a Convergence Culture