Jayson Harsin

Associate Professor
  • Department(s) : History and Politics
  • Office : G-307
  • Office hours : On Sabbatical Fall 2021
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Professor Harsin arrived at AUP in 2003, after having taught at Northeastern University and, earlier, worked as a music and culture journalist and dj. Current director of AUP's research Center for Media, Communication & Global Change, Harsin is a critical scholar who has published seminal work on the media and communicative forms and processes of what is popularly called “post-truth politics,” such as “fake news,” conspiracy theory, rumor, lying, and disinformation. His research especially emphasizes critical cultural aspects of  gender, dis-/trust, emotion, and cognition, in the digital attention economy. His work theorizes, critiques and empirically analyzes communication and culture dynamics between professional and amateur-citizen political communicators, journalists, and social movements. Professor Harsin is the former chair of the Philosophy, Theory & Critique research division of the International Communication Association. His edited book, journal issues, and own peer-reviewed research has been published widely in journals such as Communication, Culture & Critique, International Journal of Communication, and French Politics, Culture & Society. He is the recipient of the 2022 International Award for Excellence for Information, Medium, and Society—The Publishing Studies Research Network—for his article “Post-truth Reflections on Public Origins and Functions of Publishing” (2021). He presents peer-reviewed research at professional conferences such as the International Communication Associaion. Professor Harsin is currently preparing a book manuscript that critically examines a renewed academic and popular fascination with "information" in a new cultural context of digital dystopia.


Northwestern University (PhD)
University of Illinois (MA)
University of Kansas (BA, Honors)