Dr. Vincent Mosco

​Vincent Mosco (Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University and Distinguished Professor of Communication, New Media Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai. At Queen's, Dr. Mosco held the Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society. His research interests include the political economy of communication, the social impacts of information technology, and the future of cities. 

Dr. Mosco is author or editor of twenty-six books including The Digital Sublime (MIT, 2004) and The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009). His 2014 To the Cloud (Routledge) is the first in a trilogy on the social impacts of new technologies. The second is Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society (Emerald, 2017), which addressed the convergence of cloud computing, big data analytics, and the internet of things. The third is the 2019 The Smart City in a Digital World (Emerald), which takes up the political economic and cultural significance of the global movement to apply advanced technologies to manage and govern urban regions. Dr. Mosco’s participation in research groups in Brazil and in China led to the publication in 2019 of two research collections to which he contributed and which he co-edited.

Dr. Mosco serves on the editorial boards of academic journals throughout the world and has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in Canada with the Ministry of Communication. A founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication, Dr. Mosco has also chaired the Political Economy section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and was a research associate with the Harvard Program on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has served as a consultant to trade unions and worker organizations in Canada and the United States. 

In 2004 Dr. Mosco received the Dallas W. Smythe Award for outstanding achievement in communication research. The Digital Sublime won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies. In 2014 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honoured Dr. Mosco and his partner in life and in research, Dr. Catherine McKercher, with the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award for achievement and leadership in research and activism. In 2019 Dr. Mosco was given the C. Edwin Baker award for outstanding scholarship in media, markets, and democracy from the International Communication Association.​ His most recent book is Critical Perspectives on New Media: Challenging the Neo-Liberal World Order, co-edited with Dr. Cao Jin and published by the Shanghai Translation Publishing House. Dr. Mosco is writing Critical Communication: A Memoir, to be published by the University of Westminster Press (London, UK).


What's New:

New podcast interview hosted by Toby Miller covering political economy, the digital sublime, and social movements, January 10, 2024 https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-52q3p-1547627

Accepted invitation to join the founding editorial board of the new journal Communication and Change based at Fudan University, Shanghai, January 2024.

Publication of “Foreward” to The Digital Revolution: A Short History of an Ideology by Gabriele Balbi, London: Oxford, December 2023.​​

Completing a book Critical Communication: A Memoir to be published by the University of Westminster Press (London, UK).

Completed a preface to a new Chinese translation of The Digital Sublime​ to be published by Renmin University Press, September 2023.

As Co-Director and Lecturer, I completed the 12th Annual Summer School at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. I lectured on neoliberalism, artificial intelligence, and the metaverse, August 29, 2023.

Completed “Political Economies of Media Technologies.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. New York: Oxford University Press, Revised and updated, September, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.553

Persian translation of Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism, ed. with Christian Fuchs, published in Iran by Markaz, April 2023.

Preparing two lectures on the Metaverse and on Artificial Intelligence for the Annual Summer School at Fudan University, Shanghai, China scheduled for July 2023.

Completed the chapter "The Laboring of Labor Communication Research," for the Handbook of Digital Labor, January 2023.