Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 325


Doug Tewksbury, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Niagara University, where he joined the faculty in 2009. He also is serving as the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies, at the Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) for 2013-2014.

Focus of Teaching

Dr. Tewksbury’s courses have included Communicating for Social Justice, Media Literacy, Social Media, Information as Power, Political Economy of the Media, Cultural Studies of the Media, Research Methods, Advertising and Consumer Culture, Writing for the Web, and Senior Seminar. A proponent of the public scholarship philosophy, he has published and presented on pedagogical practices of teaching social justice principles in the classroom, as well as the uses of collaborative and participatory media in course curricula.

Current Research Interest

Dr. Tewksbury’s research uses a critical cultural studies approach to theorize emerging participatory media technologies, particularly social and mobile media.  His work centers on the democratic possibilities of collaborative media technologies in online and offline social movements, as well as the politics of surveillance and data mining practices. His current Fulbright Fellowship work is an ethnographic study of the social and mobile media uses of Canadian social movements in terms of building community and empathy.  He has written on digital labor, user-generated content, digital democratic participation, and online citizenship.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications
  • M.A. Suffolk University
  • B.A. Vanderbilt University