Jonathan A. Obar serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University, and Associate Director of the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law. His research explores and evaluates the impact that traditional and new/social media technologies have on civic engagement, communication policymaking and the inclusiveness of public culture. His research has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Law and Policy, Communication Review, Free Speech Yearbook, Journalism Studies, Academic Exchange Quarterly, the Free Speech Yearbook and Harvard's Program on Information Resources Policy. Dr. Obar holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University (Mass Communications), an M.A. from Syracuse University (Media Studies), and a B.A. from York University (Communication Studies and Humanities).
Wikipedia Education Program
- Jonathan has written a number of articles about the benefits of Wikipedia as both a teaching and research tool. Including: Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom.
- With the Wikimedia Foundation, Dr. Obar currently works as a Public Policy Teaching Fellow as well as a Wikipedia Education Program Coordinator for the Wikipedia Education Program.