Henry Jenkins, DeFlorez Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, has spent his career studying media and the way people incorporate it into their lives. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Committee, The Federal Communications Commission, and the Governors Board of the World Economic Forum. Professor Jenkins is the Principal Investigator for the MacArthur Foundation funded New Media Literacy's Project. He is also founder and leader of the Education Arcade, which seeks to explore the pedagogical potentials of computer and video games. Jenkins has published 12 books and more than fifty essays on popular culture. His books include Convergence Culture (forthcoming), From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games (1999), The Children's Cultural Reader (1998) "What Made Pistachio Nuts": Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic (1993), Classical Hollywood Comedy (1994), Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture (1992), and Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Jenkins holds a PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
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