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Henry Jenkins coming to USC

December 17, 2008 | 12:46 pm

Henry Jenkins Score one for the left coast. Henry Jenkins, professor of literature and director of comparative media studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will take a joint position in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The move, scheduled for July 2009, bolsters USC's bragging rights as a West Coast hub for digital media studies. The school has been steadily building its roster of researchers with expertise in social media, video games, virtual worlds and online video. Here's a quote from Jenkins taken from the USC announcement:

USC offers a natural home for me, given there is world class research being done there on many of the topics that have been the focus of my interest in recent years -– civic media, games, emerging modes of storytelling, new media literacies, creative industries and participatory culture, and the relationship between politics and popular culture. USC has been assembling a dream team in the field of media studies and I am proud to become a part of that community.

Jenkins, a noted lecturer on digital culture who has spoken at venues such as SXSW, is one of USC's biggest catches. You can check out his creds via his MIT website.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: Henry Jenkins. Credit: Dan Bersak