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Leah Lievrouw

Leah Lievrouw

Leah A. Lievrouw joined the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. Her research and writing interests focus on the relationship between media and information technologies and social change, particularly with respect to social differentiation, oppositional social and cultural movements, and intellectual freedom in pervasively mediated social settings. With Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics, she is co-editor of the 4-volume "Sage Benchmarks in Communication: New Media" (Sage, 2009), and of "The Handbook of New Media" (updated student edition; Sage, 2006). Lievrouw is also the author of Understanding Alternative and Activist New Media (Polity Press, Cambridge; publication late 2010) and "Media and Meaning: Communication Technology and Society" (Oxford University Press, in preparation).

Her other books include "Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society" (co-edited with Jorge Reina Schement, Ablex, 1987), and "Mediation, Information and Communication: Information and Behavior, vol. 3" (co-edited with Brent Ruben, Transaction, 1990). From 2001-2005 she was co-editor of the journal "New Media & Society."

Dr. Lievrouw received a Ph.D. in communication theory and research in 1986 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.  She also holds an M.A. in  biomedical communications / instructional development from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she has held faculty appointments in the Department of Communication in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies (SCILS) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and in the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama.  She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam's  School of Communication Research (ASCoR) in The Netherlands, and visiting professor at the ICT & Society Center at the University of Salzburg, Austria. In 2006-07 she was the Sudikoff Fellow for Education and New Media at UCLA.