About Me

mejias2015-05I am an associate professor in the Communication Studies department at SUNY Oswego, and the director of the Institute for Global Engagement.

My research interests include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media.

 My book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (2013), was published by University of Minnesota Press. Find out more.

Latest News

  • The prototype for Algorithm Observatory is now open for testing. Part media literacy project and part citizen science experiment, this tool can help us understand how algorithms categorize us. The general public is invited to test the prototype.
  • Two concepts I developed, nodocentrism and paranodality, are now part of the Oxford Dictionary of Social Media (edited by Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday — behind a paywall).
  • Check out the website for my forthcoming book, co-authored with Nick Couldry: Colonized by Data: The Capitalization of Life without Limit.
  • I was interviewed and featured in the article “Revelations about Russia’s information warfare,” which appeared in the print and online versions of Caixin Weekly (link behind paywall). The magazine is published by Caixin Media, one of the more independent and reputable media outlets in China according to The Economist.
  • Humanities New York, an NEH partner, elected me to their Board of Directors.
  • In August 2017, Fudan University in Shanghai, China, invited me to teach a class at their Sixth Academic Camp on “New Media and Justice Communication in the Global Information Society.”
  • I taught a summer 2017 course on “Data, Capitalism and Reality” at the St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) in Russia.
  • A Spanish translation of the short version of Off the Network has been published by the Center for Digital Culture, in Mexico City. See link below in the publications section.
  • My op-ed “Fake Becomes Legit: Disinformation, Social Media and Democracy” was published in The Disorder of Things and LSE’s Democratic Audit UK.


Work in Progress

Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (under contract). Colonized by Data: The Capitalization of Life without Limit. Stanford University Press.
Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (in progress). Consumption as Production: Data and the Reproduction of Capitalist Relations. In F. Wherry and I. Woodward (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Consumption. Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Mejias, U. and Vokuev, N. (2017). Disinformation and the Media: The case of Russia and Ukraine. Media, Culture and Society (SAGE Journals).available online
book cover Mejias, U. (2013). Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World. University of Minnesota Press. available online
Translations of Off the Network:
ccdMejias, U. (2017). Desmantelando la Red. Revista 404. Ciudad de Mexico: Centro de Cultura Digital. [SPANISH - abridged version]available online
nowemediaMejias, U. (2014). Odmapowując sieć. In P. Celiński (ed.) Nowe media = nowa partycypacja. Lublin, Poland: Instytut Kultury Cyfrowej. [POLISH - abridged version]available online
fibrecultureMejias, U. (2012). Liberation Technology and the Arab Spring: From Utopia to Atopia and Beyond. Fibreculture, Special Issue on Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/20/fcj-147-liberation-technology-and-the-arab-spring-from-utopia-to-atopia-and-beyond/available online
activist-artClark, P., Mejias, U., Cavana, P., Herson, D., and Strong, S. M. (2011). Interactive Social Media and the Art of Telling Stories: Strategies for Social Justice Through Osw3go.net 2010: Racism on Campus. In B. Beyerbach and R. D. Davis (eds.) Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
learningdigitalmediaMejias, U. (2011). How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings. In T. Scholz (ed.) Learning Through Digital Media: Essays on Technology and Pedagogy. Institute for Distributed Creativity. http://tinyurl.com/3mjfmwd available online
progressivelibrarianMejias, U. (2011). Towards a Critique of Digital Networks for Learning. Progressive Librarian, 34/35, 46-49.available online
ijlmMejias, U. (2011). The Twitter Revolution Must Die. International Journal of Learning and Media, (2) 4. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/ijlm_a_00060
p2pcover-engMejias, U. (2010). Peerless: The Ethics of P2P Network Disassembly. 4th Inclusiva.net Meeting: P2P Networks and Processes, Madrid, 6-10 July 2009, pp. 56-66, Madrid: Medialab Prado & Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid. (Spanish and English)available online
newmediaandsocietyMejias, U. (2010). The Limits of Networks as Models for Organizing the Social. New Media & Society, (12) 4, 603-617.
afterimageMejias, U. (2010). “Playbor” on the Internet. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (37) 4 (January/February 2010), p. 2.
firstmondayMejias, U. (2005). Re–approaching Nearness: Online Communication and its Place in Praxis. First Monday, (10) 3. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1213/1133available online
Critical-Studies-in-Media-CommunicationMejias, U. (2001). Sustainable Communicational Realities in the Age of Virtuality. Critical Studies in Media Communication, (18) 2, 211-228.

Contact Info

ulises DOT mejias AT oswego DOT edu

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