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Benjamin Birkinbine

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Benjamin Birkinbine is an assistant professor of media studies in the Reynolds School of Journalism and the Center for Advanced Media Studies. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Cybersecurity Center.

Birkinbine comes to the Reynolds School from the University of Oregon where he earned his doctorate degree from the School of Journalism and Communication.

His research is rooted in the political economy of communication, with a specific focus on free and open-source software and the digital commons. Recently, he has been applying network analysis techniques to the study of concentration in media industries.

He is the co-editor of Global Media Giants (Routledge, 2017), and his research has been published in the International Journal of CommunicationThe Political Economy of Communication, and the Journal of Peer Production.

In the Reynolds School, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. At the undergraduate level, he teaches introductory courses to communication and media, First Amendment and Society, and Media Economics among others. At the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on The Future of Journalism.


  • Ph.D. in Media Studies, University of Oregon
  • M.A. in Media Theory & Research, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • B.A. in Communication, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Google Scholar citations
Title Cited by Year Author(s) Publication
Introduction: the political economy of communications: core, concerns and issues 37 2011 J Wasko, G Murdock, H Sousa Wiley-Blackwell
Global media giants 20 2016 B Birkinbine, R Gómez, J Wasko Routledge
Conflict in the commons: Towards a political economy of corporate involvement in free and open source software 16 2015 BJ Birkinbine The Political Economy of Communication 2 (2)
Commons Praxis: Toward a Critical Political Economy of the Digital Commons 4 2018 BJ Birkinbine TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a…
Free Software as Public Service in Brazil: An Assessment of Activism, Policy, and Technology 3 2016 B Birkinbine International Journal of Communication 10, 16
Incorporating the Commons: A Political Economic Analysis of Corporate Involvement in Free and Open Source Software 1 2014 B Birkinbine University of Oregon
Book Review: Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism. By Massimo De Angelis 2019 BJ Birkinbine Democratic Communiqué 28 (1), 66
Cultural Imperialism Theories 2018 R Gómez, B Birkinbine Oxford Bibliographies
Book Review: Digital, Political, Radical by Natalie Fenton 2017 BJ Birkinbine Global Media and Communication 13 (2), 204-206
The AT&T-Time Warner Merger 2017 BJ Birkinbine The Political Economy of Communication 4 (2)
Reflections on Media Power 2017 BJ Birkinbine, R Gómez, J Wasko Global Media Giants, 477-483
Microsoft Corporation 2016 BJ Birkinbine Global Media Giants, 397-411
Book Review: Robert Wilkie, The Digital Condition: Class and Culture in the Information Network 2013 B Birkinbine Media, Culture & Society 35 (2), 283-284
Continuity in Technological Change: A Political Economic Analysis of Digital Film Exhibition 2010 BJ Birkinbine
Hipertextos BJ Birkinbine, P Cerruti, MA Gendler, G Garton, N Hijós
Praxis de los comunes: hacia una economía política crítica de los comunes digitales1 BJ Birkinbine