Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock, civic media specialist, joins CMS faculty

An exciting announcement just went out on our email list from CMS director Jim Paradis:

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Comparative Media Studies at MIT is pleased to announce that Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Civic Media and will begin teaching at MIT in the fall of 2011.

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar and media maker who works in the interrelated areas of social movements and information and communication technologies; participatory technology design and community based participatory research; and the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights, including comunicación populár.

His work has involved the use of mobile phones for social change; digital literacies and digital inclusion; and race, class, and gender in digital space. He has done research on the transformation of public media systems; the political economy of communication; and information and communications policy.
Dr. Costanza-Chock holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate; he is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he has worked on a variety of civic media projects with community-based organizations, including the award-winning VozMob.net platform <https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/vozmob/overview/>. More information about Sasha’s work can be found at http://schock.cc.

Andrew Whitacre

About Andrew Whitacre

Andrew directs the communications efforts for CMS/W and its research groups. A native of Washington, D.C., he holds a degree in communication from Wake Forest University, with a minor in humanities, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. This work includes drawing up and executing strategic communications plans, with projects including website design, social media management and training, press outreach, product launches, fundraising campaign support, and event promotions.


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