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Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Rodney Benson is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology at New York University. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison (Cambridge, 2013), winner of the 2014 AEJMC Tankard Book Award and the 2015 International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award. Silvio Waisbord, editor of the Journal of Communication, has praised the book as “a sophisticated, elegant, and evidence-packed cross-national analysis that will be a go-to reference for comparative media research.”

Benson is also editor (with Erik Neveu) of Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field (Polity 2005; Chinese translation 2017) and co-author (with Matthew Powers) of Public Media and Political Independence: Lessons for the Future of Journalism from Around the World (Free Press, 2011).

He is currently working on a new book, How Media Ownership Matters (Oxford, under contract), with Mattias Hesserus and Julie Sedel. Drawing on interviews and organizational data from Sweden, France, and the United States, the book goes beyond the standard media concentration debate to explore how different forms of media ownership (commercial, civil society, and public) facilitate different types of journalism.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University