School of Communication

Doctor of Philosophy in Media, Technology, and Society

The Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) doctoral program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, and flexible curriculum focusing on the dynamic media and technology environment and its impact. The program encourages students to pursue their passion by designing individualized programs of study that incorporate relevant classes from across Northwestern University. The program faculty are internationally renowned for their research in areas such as:

  • Children’s development
  • Digital media use and effects
  • Health and well-being
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Innovation and change
  • Media institutions
  • Networks and organizing
  • Social media

The MTS faculty undertake research in these areas using a wide array of traditional and innovative research methods. In addition, they actively pursue opportunities to make positive economic, cultural, and social impact through their research in businesses, nonprofit, and government agencies.


4/7/14 MTS Brown Bag Series: Casey Pierce

MTS student Casey Pierce will will present at the brown bag series on Monday April 7 at noon, Frances Searle Building #1-483.

4/3/14 MTS Speaker Series: Alison Bryant (PlayScience)

Alison Bryant from PlayScience will present on Thursday April 3rd at 1:00 pm in Room #2-378 of Frances Searle Building. The title of her talk is “Not just child’s play: Critical research issues in kids’ media.”

3/10/14 MTS Brown Bag Series: Megan Halpern

Megan Halpern, PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Cornell University will present at the brown bag series on Monday March 10 at noon, Frances Searle Building #1-483.

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Yuli Patrick Hsieh Published in Information, Communication and Society

MTS doctoral candidate Yuli Patrick Hsieh has a new paper coming out:

Hsieh, Y. P., & Li, M-H. (2014). Online political participation, civic talk, and media multiplexity: How Taiwanese citizens express political opinions on the Web. Information, Communication and Society, 17(1), 26 – 44. doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2013.833278

New Book by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein

MTS director Pablo J. Boczkowski and doctoral candidate Eugenia Mitchelstein recently published “The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge” (MIT Press, 2013). For more information, visit the book’s website:

Two New Publications by Darren Gergle and Lauren Scissorts

MTS faculty Darren Gergle and doctoral candidate Lauren Scissors have two new pieces out:

Kalman, Y.M., Scissors, L.E., Gill, A.G, & Gergle, D. (2013). Online chronemics convey social information. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(3), 1260-1269.

Scissors, L.E., Gergle, D. (2013). Back and forth, back and forth: Channel switching in romantic couple conflict.  In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 2013, 237-248. New York: ACM Press.

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Placement News

Congratulations to our students on their recent job market successes!

Will Barley will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this summer.

Lauren Scissors began her job as a user experience researcher at Facebook, in Menlo Park, CA, this winter.

Ignacio Siles will join the School of Communication at the University of Costa Rica as an Associate Professor this summer

Harsh Taneja started as an Assistant Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri, this winter.

Fashina Alade Receives Top Student Paper Award

MTS doctoral student Fashina Alade’s paper ”What preschoolers bring to the show: The effects of viewer characteristics on children’s learning from educational television ” has been selected as the top student paper for the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division of ICA at the 2014 conference in Seattle. Congratulations, Shina!

Jennifer Ihm and Yuli Patrick Hsieh Receive Top Paper Award

The paper “Participation Divide or Additive Benefits? The Implications of ICT Use for the Social and Psychological Well-Being of Older Adults,” co-authored by MTS doctoral students Jennifer Ihm and Yuli Patrick Hsieh has been selected for inclusion in the Top Paper Session on Conference Theme in the upcoming annual meeting of the International Communication Association. Congratulations, Jen and Patrick!

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