Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Dr. Doug Tewksbury

Associate Professor

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 334


Doug Tewksbury, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication and Media 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 teaches courses in media studies, culture, technology, and social justice.  His courses have included Media and the Environment, Communicating for Social Justice, Media Literacy, Social Media, Media Theory, Cultural Studies, Political Economy of the Media, Advertising and Consumer Culture, Research Methods, and others.

Current Research Interest

Dr. Tewksbury’s research focuses on digital cultures, new media technologies, and social activism. Using a critical cultural approach, he studies the democratic possibilities of social media platforms and user-generated content, in addition to analyzing the political, economic, and cultural problems that have emerged as a result of these technologies. His work is increasingly focused on the issue of climate change.

Ongoing resea­­­r­ch projects are centered on:

  • How social movements (Ferguson, Quebec, Occupy, etc.) are using new media technologies and social media platforms
  • Creativity and new forms of mediated interaction in communities of makerspaces and hackerspaces, how these collectives are building community, empowerment, and creativity through emerging practices of collaboration, sharing, and labor
  • He is currently at work on new projects that explore the way that discourses of climate change are being mediated through various forms of user-generated content via social media and video platforms.

Selected Recent Publications

Tewksbury, D. (2018). Digital solidarity, analogue mobilization: An ethnography of the technology-embedded protest networks of the Quebec Student Strike. The Canadian Journal of Communication, 43(4), 601-617.

Tewksbury, D. (2018). Networking #Ferguson: An ethnographic study of Ferguson protesters’ online-offline community mobilization. Democratic Communiqué, 27(2), 53-68.

Tewksbury, D. (2015). Interrogating internships: Rethinking media labor through the media literacy movement. Communication, Capitalism, and Critique, 13(2).

Tewksbury, D. (2013).  Interconnected discontent:  Social media and social capital in the Occupy Movement.  In R.G. Heath, C.V. Fletcher, R.V. Munoz (Eds.), Understanding Occupy, from Wall Street to Portland: An Applied Anthology of Communication Theory. New York City: Lexington Books.

Tewksbury, D. (2013).  Online-offline knowledge sharing in the Occupy Movement: Howtooccupy.org and discursive communities of practice.  American Communication Journal, 14(3), 11-23.

Tewksbury, D. (2012). Crowdsourcing homeland security and government 2.0:  The new participatory technology of national defense. Surveillance and Society, 10(3/4), 235-248.

Educational Background

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