Resource for BU's Division of Emerging Media Studies
In 2013, Deen Freelon, PhD, an assistant professor at American University, created a brilliant co-citation map of the major theoretical works in Communication. The result is a networked landscape of nine major theoretical groups and the influential academics within and across groups. For the full list of researchers and groups, see Dr. Freelon’s interactive visualization here. Here is his blog post, explicating his method and more details about the theories.
Below is a list of major researchers, linked out to their Google Scholar pages, in the Media and Communications field. Some are pulled from Freelon’s map and others added in. There are many more than those listed, but these can be a good place from which to start in an exploration of foundational emerging media research works.
Boczkowski, Pablo J., Professor & Director, Program in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, Northwestern University
Tufekci, Zeynep, University of North Carolina, Princeton CITP, and Harvard Berkman
Social media, Internet, Sociology, Privacy, Social movements
Turkle, Sherry, Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program in Science, Technology, and Society,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mobile technology, Social networking, Sociable robotics
Van Dijck, Jose, University of Amsterdam Cultural analysis, Cross-cultural studies, Media theory, New media technology, Cultural history of information technology and media
Walther, Joseph B., Professor,Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University,
Computer-mediated communication (CMC), Social media, Internet