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Henry Jenkins
Professor  .  Office: 14N-205  .  PBX: 617-253-3068  .  Email: henry3@mit.edu

Henry Jenkins Research Interests: Comparative media studies; convergence culture; ethnography of media audiences; games and games studies; American popular culture; comics and graphic novels; genres of entertainment

Henry Jenkins is the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of nine books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His most recent books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.

Until recently, Jenkins wrote a monthly column and blogged about media and cultural change for Technology Review Online. A longtime advocate of games culture, he currently co-authors a column with Kurt Squire for Computer Games magazine which seeks to promote innovation and diversity in game design. Jenkins recently developed a white paper on the future of media literacy education for the MacArthur Foundation, which is leading to a three year project to develop curricular materials to help teachers and parents better prepare young people for full participation in contemporary culture. He is one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games. He was also one of the principal investigators on collaboration with Initiative Media to monitor audience response to American Idol with an eye towards developing new approaches to audience measurement. He is one of the leaders of the Convergence Culture Consortium, which consults with leading players in the branded entertainment sector in hopes of helping them adjust to shifts in the media environment. Jenkins also plays a significant role as a public advocate for fans, gamers, and bloggers: testifying before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee investigation into "Marketing Violence to Youth" following the Columbine shootings; advocating for media literacy education before the Federal Communications Commission; calling for a more consumer-oriented approach to intellectual property at a closed door meeting of the governing body of the World Economic Forum; signing amicus briefs in opposition to games censorship; and regularly speaking to the press and other media about aspects of media change and popular culture. Jenkins has a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Georgia State University, a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at MIT for more than 16 years, where he is also housemaster of Senior House dormitory.

Jenkins' personal website is at http://web.mit.edu/cms/People/henry3/ and his weblog, "Confessions of an Aca/Fan", is at http://henryjenkins.org.



Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
New York: New York University Press, 2006

Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture
New York: New York University Press, 2006

The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture
New York: New York University Press, 2006



The Education Arcade

Project New Media Literacies

Convergence Culture Consortium


Classes Taught

CMS.400 Media Systems and Texts

CMS.410 Popular Culture in the Age of Media Convergence

CMS.610 Media Industries and Systems

CMS.791 Media Theories and Methods II

CMS.871 Media in Cultural Context

CMS.920 Popular Narrative