Jarice Hanson

N352 Integrative Learning Center
Spring 2016 office hours: M 12:30-2:00, W 1:00-2:30, & by appt.
413 545-3519

Over the years, my research has evolved from studies of global video and television content and telecommunication policies to encompass social and behavioral applications of digital technologies in general. One theme that has remained constant in my work involves policies and practices that intentionally or unintentionally marginalize particular social groups. I've edited, co-edited, authored and co-authored over 20 books (and counting) that often deal with some of the newest technologies and policies that influence social interaction. My current research focuses on issues of those who are excluded from participating in the Information (or Post-Information) Society, to those who use social networking for a wide range of purposes.


PhD, Northwestern University

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Introduction to Media and Culture; Media History and Communication Policy; Convergent Media for Social and Political Mobilization; Telecom Law. Graduate: Technology and Society; The Information Society; Internet Research


24/7: How Cell Phones and the Internet Change the Way We Live, Work and Play (Praeger, 2007).

With Thomas Conroy (eds.), Constructing America's War Culture: Iraq, Media, and Images at Home (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

With Paul Baker and William N. Muyhill, "Municipal WiFi and Failed Policies of Inclusion: The Disability Divide," Information Polity: The International Journal of Government and Democracy in the Information Age, 2009, pp. 47-59.

"Authors, Authority, Ownership and Ethics in Digital Media and The News," in Robert S. Fortner and Mark Fackler (eds.), The Blackwell Handbook of  Global Communication and Media Ethics (London: Blackwell, 2010), in press.

With Bryan Baldwin, "Mobile Culture: Podcasting as Public Media," in Sharon Kleinman (ed.), Displacing Place: Mobile Culture in the 21st Century (Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 123-139.


Microsoft IMPACT Grant, University of Massachusetts, $10,000.

Verizon Chair in Telecommunications, Temple University,

Participant, Broadening Inquiry Project, NSF; ($3 million/3 yr.)

Current Projects: 

Work in progress: a study of multi-generational Facebook users and interpretations of friendship and romance; edited books (with Paul Baker and Jeremy Hunsinger), The Unconnected: Social Justice and Marginalized Individuals in the Information Society (Peter Lang), and (with Barry Vacker), Media and Destiny (Cognella), and a video documentary on the changing economy of the media and telecommunications industries in the 21st Century (as yet untitled).