Media Studies

University of California, Berkeley


The Media Studies program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary group major in the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Division of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters and Science. Courses taught by core faculty in Media Studies cover media history and theory with an emphasis on media systems, policy, and practices. Additionally, faculty from multiple departments across campus bring the perspectives and methods of their fields to bear on the analysis of media in a variety of elective courses. We offer students the analytical tools available to examine media—old and new, local to global—as well as media consumption and meaning-making processes.

Undergraduate Program

Media Studies: BA

Graduate Program

There is no graduate program in Media Studies.

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Media Studies

Faculty and Instructors


Minoo Moallem, Professor. Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Studies, cultural studies, Visual and Material Cultures of Religion, Immigration and Diaspora Studies, Middle East Studies, and Iranian Studies .
Research Profile


Matthew Berry, Lecturer. The shaping and use of history for political ends, extremist ideologies, nationalism, and modernization/globalization theory.

Ian Kivelin Davis, Lecturer. Journalism history, media globalization, the public sphere, media policy and the political economy of international news.

Josh Jackson, Lecturer. Digital and new media, television, media and culture, convergence, media industries and production cultures, media history .

Richard Jaroslovsky, Lecturer. Media history, impact of digital technologies on newsgathering and dissemination of news, changing economic models of media organizations .

Meeta Rani Jha, Lecturer. Feminist Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Transnational cinema, race and popular culture, research methods, media and democracy, gender and globalization, nationalism, beauty, intersectionality, Bombay cinema cultures, domestic violence, racial discrimination and harassment, Silicon Valley tech industry gender, race, and ethnicity, political sociology and social movement studies: Labor, feminist and antiracist human rights movements.

Geoffrey King, Lecturer. Freedoms of speech, press, petition and assembly, citizen journalism, Internet policy, privacy, technology, online surveillance and censorship, open government .

Contact Information

Media Studies Program

235 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2363

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Program Director and Professor

Minoo Moalem, PhD

Assistant Director, Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Josh Jackson, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Ian Davis, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Meeta Rani Jha, PhD

Student Academic Adviser

Laura Demir, MA

235 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-2363

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