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Associate Professor of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Iowa

Brian Ekdale is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He studies media work within global digital cultures. Most of his scholarship examines global digital cultures in Kenya: through a production ethnography of community media in Nairobi’s slums, an examination of Kenya’s music video industry, and a series of co-authored articles about the intersection of digital media and popular politics. In addition, he has participated in collaborative research projects on a variety of topics, including digital journalism, travel influencers, and social media algorithms. He is currently researching digital work in Kenya.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa