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Vincent Mosco

Vincent Mosco is Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and Head of the Department of Sociology, Queen’s University. Professor Mosco graduated from Georgetown University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1975. Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books on communication, technology, and society. His most recent include Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains (co-edited with Catherine McKercher and Ursula Huws, Merlin, 2010), The Political Economy of Communication, second edition (Sage, 2009), The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite (co-authored with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2008) and Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (co-edited with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2007).

He also worte The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004). The Digital Sublime won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies. 

Dr Mosco is a member of the editorial boards of academic journals in the North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in Canada with the Federal Department of Communication. Professor Mosco is a founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication and has also been a longtime research associate of the Harvard University Programme on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has served as a consultant to trade unions and worker organizations in Canada and the United States. In 2004 Professor Mosco received the Dallas W. Smythe Award for outstanding achievement in communication research and in 2000 he was awarded one of three teacher of the year awards given by the Carleton University Student Association.

Dr. Mosco is currently working on a project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that addresses knowledge and communication workers in a global information society. Specifically, it examines how workers around the world are responding to the challenges of technological change, transnational business, and the neo-liberal state. The results are reported in a special double issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication (October, 2006), as well as in Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (2007), and in The Laboring of Communication (2008), all with his partner in life and in research Professor Catherine McKercher of Carleton University. In 2010, they produced a special issue of the journal Work Organisation, Labour, and Globalisation (with Ursula Huws) also published as the book Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains with Merlin Press. Having completed a new edition of The Political Economy of Communication, Professor Mosco is writing a book on the relevance of Karl Marx for the study of media and communication and a book on the relationship of the sciences to the humanities.