Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

Phone: (646) 312-3720
Location: VC 4297

Elisabeth Gareis


Stuart Davis works in the areas of international communication, communication for development and social change (with a focus on the role of information and communications technology (ICT4D)), activist and radical media, and social movement communication. Generally focused on the relationship between global economic/technological transformations and marginalized constituencies, he has analyzed or participated in a number of different projects ranging from digital literacy training programs in Austin, Texas, to anti-Olympics advocacy campaigns in Rio de Janeiro to independent film and television production in Lusophone Africa. Davis is currently completing two book projects. The first (to be submitted to the University of California Press) examines how non-governmental organizations working in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro draw upon training in digital media production as a path towards social and political inclusion. The second project, solicited by the University of Illinois press and co-authored with Joe Straubhaar and Heloisa Pait, presents a history of dissension within the Brazilian television and news industries from the beginning of the dictatorship period to this contemporary moment of political crisis. Davis has published articles in journals including Communication TheoryInternational Journal of Communication
Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice
Popular CommunicationThe Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and Revista Communicação Mediatica as well as book chapters in The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories (Routledge, 2017), The Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), and Civic Media: Technology, Design and  Practice (MIT, 2016). In 2018 he will be co-editing a special issue of Global Media Journal: Mexico on contemporary media representations and mediations of the US/Mexico Border with David Gonzalez-Hernandez and Antonieta Mercado.

He received his PhD in Media Studies from the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas in 2015 and his BA in Cultural Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 2004. Before coming to the University of Texas, he was a PhD student in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society within the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Here he was also a MacArthur Fellow in Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC). In 2013 he was a William J. Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, he received a Jesse H. Jones Endowed Centennial Fellowship from the Moody College of Communication for dissertation completion. He has also received grants from the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program, the Tinker Foundation, and the University of Texas’ Center for Teaching and Learning.

Before coming to Baruch College he was Assistant Professor of Communication and first Director of the MA Concentration in Border and Latin American Media Studies at Texas A&M International University. In 2015 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Communication at the State University São Paulo.

Recent Publications

2018      Tucker Landesman and Stuart Davis. Cracks and reformations in the Brazilian mediascape: MídiaNINJA, radical citizen journalism, and resistance in Rio de Janeiro. In Lucas Melgaço and Jeffrey Monaghan (eds.). Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices, and Surveillance. New York: Routledge (Forthcoming).

2017      Summer Harlow and Stuart Davis. Alternative media in Pink Tide Latin America: Reframing producers’ relationships to political parties. In Lee Artz (ed.). The Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 131-151.

2017      Stuart Davis. Citizen health journalism: Negotiating between political engagement and professional identity in a media training program for healthcare workers. Journalism Practice 10 (8-9): 319-335. DOI:10.1080/17512786.2016.1230022

2017      Stuart Davis, Martha Fuentes-Batista, Joe Straubhaar, and Jeremiah Spence. The social shaping of the Brazilian Internet: Historicizing the interactions between states, corporations, and NGOs in Information and Communication Technology development and diffusion.  In Gerard Goggin and Mark McClelland (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories. London: Routledge, pp. 120-136.           

2016      Stuart Davis, Joe Straubhaar, and Isabel Ferin Cunha. The construction of a transnational Lusophone media space: A historiographic analysis. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture 14 (4): 212-223. DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2016.1222614.

2016      Stuart Davis. MídiaNINJA and the rise of citizen journalism in Brazil. In Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailides (eds.). Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 527-532.

2016      Stuart Davis. Slowing down media coverage on the US-Mexico border: News as sociological critique in the Borderland project. Digital Journalism. 4(4): 462-477. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2015.1123101.

2016      Stuart Davis. Relocating development communication: Social entrepreneurship,       international networking, and south-south cooperation in the Viva Rio NGO. International Journal of Communication, 10: 42-60. DOI: 1932–8036/2016FEA0002.     

2015      Stuart Davis and Felipe de Oliveira Mateus. Literacia além da mídia. Revista Comunicação Midiática 10(3): 11-21.

2015      Stuart Davis, Lucia Palmer, and Julian Etienne Gonzalez.  The geography of digital literacy: Mapping communications technology training programs in Austin, Texas. In Brasilena Pasirrelli and Antonia Cuevos Cerveró (eds.). Comparative Approaches to the Digital Revolution in Europe and the Americas. Philadelphia, PA: Idea Group Publishing, pp. 370-384.

2015      Stuart Davis. Citizens’ media in the favelas: Finding a place for digital media production in social change processes. Communication Theory, 25(2): 230-243. DOI: 10.1111/comt.12069.

2013      Lisa Hartenberger, Zeynep Tufekci, and Stuart Davis. A history of high tech and the technopolis in Austin, Texas. In Joe Straubhaar, Jeremiah Spence, Zeynep Tufekci, and Roberta Lentz (eds.) Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, and the Digital Divide in Austin, Texas. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, pp. 124-159.

2012      Laura Stein, Tonya Notley, and Stuart Davis. Transnational networking and capacity building for communication activism. Global Media Journal: Australia. 6(2). Available at

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