Michael Schudson


Michael Schudson is Professor of Journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He gained his first degree from Swarthmore College before completing his doctorate in sociology at Harvard. He has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego and since 2009, has been a full-time member of the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For his pioneering contributions to such fields as the history and future of American news media, advertising, citizenship and popular culture, Schudson has received many honours, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen.

He writes regularly for such newspapers as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Financial Times. His work also appears in the Columbia Journalism ReviewWilson Quarterly and The American Prospect, and he has published many books. Among the best known are Discovering the News (1978); Advertising, the Uneasy Persuasion (1984); and Watergate in American Memory (1992). The Economist urged all Americans to read The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (l998), while the London-based Times Higher Education praised Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008) as ‘eloquent and wise’. He has also co-authored an influential report on the future of news, The Reconstruction of American Journalism (2009).

His most recent book is The Rise of the RIght to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency 1945-1975(Harvard, 2015) and summer, 2016 Oxford University Press will publish C. W. Anderson, Leonard Downie, Jr., and Michael Schudson, Everything You Need to Know About the News Media.

Professor Michael Schudson is the honoured guest of the 2015 SDN Encounter.