Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He was previously on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MIT’s Comparative Media Studies graduate degree program from 1993 to 2009, setting an innovative research agenda during a time of fundamental change in communications, journalism, and entertainment.
His recent books, By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism and Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, examine the role social and digital media play in communicating and creating community. His other published works reflect a wide range of research interests: democracy and new media, the “wow factor” of popular culture, science-fiction fan communities, and the early history of film comedy.