Birkinbine, Ben

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Birkinbine, Ben

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Office Location: RSJ 209

Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4155


Benjamin Birkinbine is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Reynolds School of Journalism and the Center for Advanced Media Studies.  He is also a faculty affiliate of the Cybersecurity Center.

Birkinbine comes to the Reynolds School from the University of Oregon where he earned his doctorate degree from the School of Journalism and Communication.

His research is rooted in the political economy of communication, with a specific focus on free and open-source software and the digital commons.  Recently, he has been applying network analysis techniques to the study of concentration in media industries.

He is the co-editor of Global Media Giants (Routledge, 2017), and his research has been published in the International Journal of Communication, The Political Economy of Communication, and the Journal of Peer Production.

In the Reynolds School, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.  At the undergraduate level, he teaches introductory courses to communication and media, First Amendment and Society, and Media Economics among others.  At the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on The Future of Journalism.

Birkinbine holds a bachelor of communications from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master of arts in Media Theory & Research from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a doctorate degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

Citations, contributions and publications




Introduction: The political economy of communications: Core concerns and issues

J Wasko, G Murdock, H Sousa
The handbook of political economy of communications, 1-10, 2011
48 2011
Conflict in the commons: Towards a political economy of corporate involvement in free and open source software

BJ Birkinbine
The Political Economy of Communication 2 (2), 2015
16 2015
Global media giants

B Birkinbine, R Gómez, J Wasko
Routledge, 2016
14 2016
Commons Praxis: Toward a Critical Political Economy of the Digital Commons

BJ Birkinbine
tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a …, 2018
2 2018
Free Software as Public Service in Brazil: An Assessment of Activism, Policy, and Technology

B Birkinbine
International Journal of Communication 10, 16, 2016
2 2016
Incorporating the Commons: A Political Economic Analysis of Corporate Involvement in Free and Open Source Software

B Birkinbine
University of Oregon, 2014
1 2014
Cultural Imperialism Theories

R Gómez, B Birkinbine
Oxford Bibliographies, 2018
Book Review: Digital, Political, Radical by Natalie Fenton

BJ Birkinbine
Global Media and Communication 13 (2), 204-206, 2017
The AT&T-Time Warner Merger

BJ Birkinbine
The Political Economy of Communication 4 (2), 2017
Reflections on Media Power

BJ Birkinbine, R Gómez, J Wasco
Global Media Giants, 477-483, 2017
Microsoft Corporation

BJ Birkinbine
Global Media Giants, 397-411, 2016
Book Review: Robert Wilkie, The Digital Condition: Class and Culture in the Information Network

B Birkinbine
Media, Culture & Society 35 (2), 283-284, 2013
Continuity in Technological Change: A Political Economic Analysis of Digital Film Exhibition

BJ Birkinbine
Continuity 8, 1-2010, 2010

BJ Birkinbine, P Cerruti, MA Gendler, G Garton, N Hijós
Praxis de los comunes: hacia una economía política crítica de los comunes digitales1

BJ Birkinbine