Birkinbine, Ben

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Birkinbine, Ben

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Office Location: RSJ 209

Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4155

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

Birkinbine approaches the study of communications from three intersecting perspectives: political economycritical theory and, more recently, some aspects of science and technology studies .

His research focuses mainly on the politics and economics of media industries and technological change. His teaching interests are much broader and include communication theory, political economy of communication, communication law, open source technologies, media history and introductory courses to communication and media.

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. His dissertation was titled, “Incorporating the commons: A political economic analysis of corporate involvement in free software projects.”

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