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Photo of vinny moscoVincent Mosco

B.A. (Georgetown)
Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Professor Emeritus  


Research Areas

  • The Sociology of Communication and Information Technology
  • The Political Economy of the Media
  • The Sociology of Knowledge Workers
  • Communication policy
  • Cloud Computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things


Dr. Vincent Mosco is Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Canada. He is formerly Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and Professor of Sociology. Dr. Mosco graduated from Georgetown University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1970 and received the Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1975.

Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books on communication, technology, and society. His most recent include To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World (Paradigm, 2014), Critical Studies in Communication and Society (ed. with Cao Jin and Leslie Reagan Shade, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2013), Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains (ed. with Catherine McKercher and Ursula Huws, Merlin, 2010), The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009), The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite (co-authored with Catherine McKercher, Lexington, 2008), Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (ed. with Catherine McKercher, Lexington, 2007), and The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004).

Dr. Mosco is a member of the editorial boards of academic journals in the North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He 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 Department of Communication. A founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication, Dr. Mosco also served as head of the Political Economy section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and was a longtime research associate of the Harvard University Program on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has been 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 Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication presented Dr. Mosco and his partner in life and in research Dr. Catherine McKercher with the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award for outstanding achievement in research and activism. To the Cloud was named a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine.

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