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Gregory T. Donovan


Curriculum Vitae

Gregory is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies as well as an affiliate faculty member of the New Media and Digital Design Program and the Urban Law Center at Fordham University. His research broadly explores the mutual shaping of people, place, and proprietary media, and how to reorient such shaping toward more just and meaningful publics. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and he has presented juried papers widely at US and international conferences. He is currently conducting a critical ethnography of municipal WiFi in NYC with a specific focus on understanding young people’s access to, and expectations for, public internet access. Gregory is also a member of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy’s Editorial Collective and co-editor with Suzanne Tamang of JITP5: Media and Methods for Opening Education (

As a doctoral student, Gregory founded the OpenCUNY Academic Medium and was a researcher at the Public Science Project, a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College. His dissertation, MyDigitalFootprint.ORG: Young People and the Proprietary Ecology of Everyday Data, investigated young New Yorkers’ relations with proprietary media to unpack the ways matters of socioeconomic injustice are reproduced and sustained through the daily interaction of youth, place, and media. Since completing his doctorate he has remained active in the Graduate Center community as the student speaker for the 2013 Commencement Ceremony, the keynote speaker for the 2014 Orientation Assembly, and currently serving on the 2017-2022 Strategic Planning Committee. Gregory holds a doctorate in Environmental Psychology with a doctoral certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the CUNY Graduate Center. You can find Gregory on the web at and on Twitter at @gdonovan.

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