Andrew Calabrese’s research emphasizes the relevance of critical social and political theory in explaining issues of media and citizenship, and media policy. His long-term interests include a focus on communication policy as social and cultural policy at national and transnational levels, and how social movement actors make use of the means of communication to mobilize their constituents and reach wider publics. Published research projects have focused on social mobilizations that have relied on digital communication to advance their causes; questions about the uses of digital media in nonviolent civil disobedience; the role of media in 20th and 21st century concepts of civil society and the public sphere; and the politics and policy activism related to media reform and communication rights in the United States and transnationally. His recent research is about the relationship between media and food politics, and related issues of public knowledge, safety and risk.
Communication technologies and industries; social and political theory (emphases: public sphere, civil society, digital innovation, globalization, social justice movements); U.S. and transnational media policy
MDST 3002 - Digital Culture and Politics
Examines issues at the intersection of digital media, culture and politics, such as regulation and network architecture, piracy and hacking, and grassroots activism. Engage with a range of theories about cultural politics, democracy, liberalism and neo-liberalism in relation to digital information and communication technologies.
MDST 6351 - Media, Culture & Food Politics
Stresses intersections among media industries, food industries, and politics, with an emphasis on how public knowledge and activism about food relate to questions of a sustainable environment, human health and safety, and social justice for food producers and consumers. Examines a wide range of political discourses about food, the politics of food labeling, the globalization and hybridization of food, public policies governing food, food activism, the biopolitics of food, and food-related manifestations of cultural capital. Previously offered as a special topics course.
MDST 6871 - Special Topics
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Special topics. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours hours
MDST 7011 - Proseminar in Media Communication Theory 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Introduces the principal concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7011.
MDST 7021 - Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2
Continues the introduction of principle concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7021.