Media Studies

University of California, Berkeley


The Media Studies major at the University of California, Berkeley is an undergraduate interdisciplinary group major in the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS). We offer students the analytical tools available to examine media—old and new, local to global—sites of meaning-making production and consumption of identities, cultures, and politics. Courses taught by core faculty in Media Studies cover media histories and theories emphasizing media networks, institutions,  policies, and practices. Additionally, faculty from many departments across campus bring the perspectives and methods of their fields to bear on media analysis in a variety of elective courses. Students specialize in concentration: Digital Studies, Global Cultural Studies, or Media Law and Policy.

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 .
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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

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Program Director and Professor

Minoo Moalem, PhD

Assistant Director, Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Josh Jackson, PhD


Matthew Berry, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Ian Davis, PhD


Emma Fraser, PhD

Lecturer and Faculty Adviser

Meeta Rani Jha, PhD

Student Academic Adviser

Laura Demir, MA

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