PersonMichael Schudson



Ph D. in Sociology, Harvard University (1976)


Michael Schudson is Professor of Communication and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego where he has taught since l980.
Professor Schudson received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (in sociology) and taught at the University of Chicago before coming to San Diego.

He is the author of six books and editor of two others concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, and cultural memory. He is the recipient of a number of honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a resident fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award.

From 1996 to 2001, Schudson was co-director of the UCSD Civic Collaborative, a project designed to link UCSD faculty and students to the broader San Diego community through their research and teaching. He is active in the affairs of Thurgood Marshall College, one of UCSD's six undergraduate colleges; he chaired the committee that designed its general education course, "Diversity, Justice, and Imagination," he frequently teaches in the "Justice" segment of that course, and he served as acting provost of the College 2001-03.

He is also active in professional activities nationally. He chaired the "Sociology of Culture" section of the American Sociological Association in l998-99; he served as a member of the Penn National Commission on Culture, Society, and Community l996-99; he serves on editorial boards in communication, sociology and history.

Schudson's The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (l998) explores how Americans’ practices and ideals about what a “good citizen” should do have changed from colonial days to the present. The American Historical Review judged the book "innovative, perceptive, and -- especially on today's culture -- controversial." The Journal of American History called it "relevant, imaginative, and determined to face facts." Reviews in American History termed it "daring, persuasive, and refreshing." The Washington Monthly called it "admirable, consistently interesting, and extremely valuable" and The Economist urged all Americans to read it.

His current research examines growing freedom of expression in the United States from 1960 to the present, and its complicated consequences. In fall, 2005 he taught at the Journalism School, Columbia University.

(You can read a keynote lecture delivered at the conference on "The Transformation of Civic Life," about The Good Citizen and related topics.)


Schudson, Michael. The New Media in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign: The New York Times, Watches t's Back, Javnost-the public, Vol.16 (2009), No. 1, pp. 73 - 86

Schudson, Michael. The Sociology of News. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.

Schudson, Michael. The Good Citizen: A History of American Public Life. Free Press, 1998.

Schudson, Michael. The Power of News. Cambridge: Harvard University Press (Spring 1995).

Schudson, Michael. Watergate in American Memory: How We Remember, Forget, and Reconstruct the Past. New York: Basic Books, 1992.

Mukerji, Chandra & Schudson, Michael, editors, Rethinking Popular Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

Manoff, Robert & Schudson, Michael, editors. Reading the News. New York: Pantheon Books, l986.

Schudson, Michael. Advertising, The Uneasy Persuasion New York: Basic Books, 1984.

Schudson, Michael. Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers. New York: Basic Books, 1978.

Schudson, Michael. "Why Conversation Is Not the Soul of Democracy," Critical Studies in Mass Communication Vol. 14(1997) pp.297-309.

Schudson, Michael. "Delectable Materialism: Second Thoughts on Consumer Culture" in David A. Crocker and Toby Linden, eds., Ethics of Consumption: The Good Life, Justice, and Global Stewardship (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997) pp. 249-268. Schudson, Michael.

Schudson, Michael. "Public Journalism and Its Problems in Doris Graber, Denis Mcquail, and Pippa Norris, eds. News in Politics/Politics in News (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998)

Schudson, Michael. “The Emergence of the Objectivity Norm in American Journalism” in Michael Hechter and Karl-Dieter Opp, Social Norms. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001, l65-l85.

Schudson, Michael. “Review Essay: News, Public, Nation,” American Historical Review 107 (2002) 481-495.

Schudson, Michael. “How People Learn To Be Civic,” in E. J. Dionne Jr., Kayla M. Drogosz, and Robert Litan Eds., United We Serve: National Service and the Future of Citizenship (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2003).

Schudson, Michael. "American Dreams" American Literary History 16(3) (Oxford University Press, 2004)

"Autonomy From What?" in Rodney Benson and Erik Neveu, eds., Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005)


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