Michael S. Schudson (born November 3, 1946) is Professor of Journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He is a well-respected and widely-cited expert in the fields such as journalism history, media sociology, political communication, and public culture.
He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in sociology. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1976-80 and the University of California, San Diego 1980-2009. From 2006-2009 he was on the faculty of both UC-San Diego and Columbia. He has been working full-time at Columbia since 2009.
Schudson has received major awards such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, a residential fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and a MacArthur "genius" fellowship. On being named a MacArthur Fellow in 1990, the Foundation identified him as “an interpreter of public culture and of collective or civic memory." http://www.macfound.org/fellows/408/ He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen in 2014.
Schudson is the author of seven books and editor of three others concerning the history and sociology of American journalism, the history of U.S. citizenship and political participation, advertising, popular culture, book publishing, and cultural memory. Discovering the News (Basic Books,1978), Advertising, the Uneasy Persuasion (Basic Books, 1984), The Good Citizen (Free Press,1998), The Sociology of News (W. W. Norton, 2003, 2011), and Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (Polity Press, 2008) have all been published in Chinese translation. His other works include Watergate in American Memory (Basic Books, 1992); The Power of News (Harvard, 1995), Reading the News (Pantheon,1986) – co-edited with Robert K. Manoff; Rethinking Popular Culture (California, 1991) – co-edited with Chandra Mukerji; and The Enduring Book (vol. 5 of The History of the Book in America, University of North Carolina, 2009) – co-edited with David Paul Nord and Joan Shelley Rubin.
Schudson publishes in both academic and general-interest journals. His books are reviewed in both specialized and general publications. The Journal of American History judged The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (l998) to be "relevant, imaginative, and determined to face facts” while The Economist urged all Americans to read it. Times Higher Education (UK) called Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008) “eloquent and wise.”
He is co-author, with Leonard Downie, Jr., of a Columbia Journalism School-sponsored report on the future of news, The Reconstruction of American Journalism (2009).
- Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978) ISBN 978-0-465-01666-2
- Advertising, the Uneasy Persuasion (1984) ISBN 978-0-465-00079-1
- Reading the News (1986) editor with Robert K. Manoff ISBN 978-0-394-74649-4
- Rethinking Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives in Cultural Studies (1991) editor with Chandra Mukerji ISBN 978-0-520-06893-3
- Watergate in American Memory: How We Remember, Forget and Reconstruct the Past (1992) ISBN 978-0-465-09084-6
- The Power of News (1995) ISBN 978-0-674-69587-0
- The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (1998) ISBN 978-0-674-35640-5
- The Sociology of News (2003, 2011) ISBN 978-0-393-97513-0
- Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008) ISBN 978-0745-64452-3
- The Enduring Book (vol. 5 of The History of the Book in America) (2009) editor with David Paul Nord and Joan Shelley Rubin ISBN 978-0-807-83285-1
- Faculty profile at Columbia University
- Faculty profile page at UCSD
- Why "The Informed Citizen" Is Too Much To Ask - And Not Enough (1999 Batten Symposium Keynote Address)
- On Advertising -- an extract