School of Communication Faculty
Contact InformationOffice: Walker 719
Associate Professor (2011)
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Phil. Stirling University
Ph.D. University of Maryland
Paul Mihailidis's research explores the nexus of media literacy, young people and engagement in civic life. He is the Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, a program that annually gathers scholars and students from around the world to investigate media and global citizenship. His most recent books Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (w/ Eric Gordon, MIT Press, 2016) and Media Litearcy and the Emerging Citizen: Youth, Engagement and Participation in Digital Culture (Peter Lang 2014) explores the ways in which citizens use media to meaningful participate in civic life in the digital age.
Mihailidis has published widely on media literacy, civic, and digital citizenship.In addition to Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen and Civic Media, he has edited: International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (Routledge 2017), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (w/Belinha DeAbreu, Routledge 2013) and News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and the Classroom (Peter Lang 2012). He is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy (Wiley, with Renee Hobbs), and his newest book, under contract with Routledge, explores the ways in which citizens employ civic media for activism in daily life.
Mihailidis is the the Co-Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and the Graduate Program Director of the newly launched Masters of Arts degree in Civic Media: Art & Practice. He sits on the advisory board of iCivics, sat on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) from 2008 - 2015, and is the co-editor for the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Mihailidis has presented his research to the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), UNESCO, and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and traveled to China to join the board of the Academy for Global Media in Chongqing. As Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, Mihailidis oversees a program that gathers over 60 students and a dozen faculty from five continents for three weeks every summer to create multimedia media literacy products that are used in over 100 countries around the world
At Emerson, Mihailidis teaches Media Literacy, Civic Media, Community Activism, and Digital Media and Culture.
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