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The Communication Department at UCSD brings together research scholarship broadly rooted in the social sciences and humanities with media production and community engagement.  

Known for our theoretically grounded, interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication, the department is home to faculty and graduate students trained in sociology, psychology, education, political science, anthropology, history, media and cultural studies, performance studies, disability studies, science and technology studies, information studies, urban studies, human-computer interaction, feminist theory, and critical legal and policy studies.

The Material and Symbolic Architecture of Everyday LifeThis rich mix of intellectual traditions, scholarly orientations, and often hybrid methodological approaches is reflected in the nationally and internationally recognized research of faculty and graduate students, a sampling of which falls within the following areas:

  • Development and Tourism Studies
  • African and African American Cinema
  • Political Economy of Media and the Culture Industries
  • The Politics of Design
  • Journalism, Political Communication, and Comparative Media Systems
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Semiotics of Media Texts
  • Media and Biomedical Knowledge Production
  • Documentary Arts
  • Cultural Politics of High-Tech work
  • Subjectivity, Objecthood, and Sociality within Institutional Domains
  • Geography, Cartography, and Governance
  • Youth Disenfranchisement and Empowerment

For a more complete picture of the interdisciplinary interests, scholarship, and expertise of department members, we invite you to visit the individual webpages of our faculty listed in the navigation as well as the webpages of department affiliated research groups and programs.

 

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Dr. Lilly Irani's Book "Chasing Innovation" wins 2019 Diana Forsythe Prize

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