INSTITUTE FOR LIBERAL ARTS & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. Suffolk University
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Russell Newman's work explores the intersections of the political economy of media, neoliberalism, the epistemological foundations of media policymaking, and activism surrounding communications policy. He is currently writing a book on the network neutrality debates in the US in relation to these elements. He teaches classes on the political economy of global communication, the sales effort, civic media and new forms of surveillance. Previously, he served as Research and Campaign Director for the national nonprofit advocacy group Free Press. There, he focused on state and federal media and telecommunications policy, working with community groups across the country to add their voice to the shaping of new regulation. With Robert McChesney and Ben Scott, he co-edited The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century (Seven Stories Press, 2005), named as one of Working Assets' Recommended Reads for July 2005. He worked as a Telecommunications Fellow for Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois in 2007. He spent several years as a freelance multimedia designer and as a production designer for a number of independent films; he was also active in noncommercial radio in Boston for nearly a decade.