Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Associate Professor

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 334


Doug Tewksbury, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Niagara University, where he has taught since 2009. In 2013-2014, he was awarded the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON).

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 and human rights, as well as papers advancing new applications and best practices of using collaborative and participatory media in the classroom.

Current Research Interest

Dr. Tewksbury’s research uses a critical cultural studies approach to theorize emerging participatory media technologies, particularly the way that social movements are using social and mobile media.  His work centers on the democratic possibilities of collaborative media technologies, exploring the ways that the cultural practices of online-offline communities can lead to democracy, citizenship, creativity, and human rights.

His most recent work explored the way that social media were used by protesters in Ferguson Missouri, the result of on-the-ground ethnographic fieldwork during the 2014 protests, as well as work on the Quebec ‘Maple Spring’ protests, the Occupy Movement, and others.  He has published on digital labor, user-generated content, digital democratic participation, new surveillance practices, and a number of aspects of online citizenship.

Educational Background

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