Zizi Papacharissi

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Zizi Papacharissi
Papacharissi via Nieman Journalism Lab
NationalityGreek and American
Alma mater
OccupationCommunication studies

Zizi Papacharissi is a Greek-American writer and communications researcher. She is professor and head of the department of communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago[1] and editor of the journals Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and Social Media and Society.[citation needed]


Papacharissi was born and raised in Thessaloniki[1] and graduated from Anatolia College in 1991. She earned a double BA in Economics and Media Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 1995, an MA in Communication Studies from to Kent State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in New Media and Political Communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000.[1]


Papacharissi's work focuses on the social and political consequences of new media technologies. She has published nine books and over 70 articles.[1] In A Private Sphere (Polity 2010), she argued that digital technologies are changing the site of civic engagement to the private realm.[2] She further develops this thesis in her book Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology and Politics (Oxford University 2014),[3] arguing that social movements sustained by digital media should not be defined by their political efficacy but rather by their affective intensities or how they help publics "feel their way into" an event or issue. Affective Publics won Best Book award for the Human Communication and Technology Division of the National Communication Association in 2015 and was praised by critics.[4] Lilie Chouliaraki wrote that Affective Publics is "a significant statement in its own right about the ontology of digital communication...introduced in the field by this groundbreaking work."[5]

She has also edited Routledge collections, A Networked Self and Birth, Life, Death: Routledge (2019),[6] A Networked Self and Platforms, Stories, Connections: Routledge (2018),[7] Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites and Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas (Routledge, 2009).

Papacharissi was a consultant for Apple, Microsoft, and the Obama 2012 election campaign.[8] She sits on the Committee on the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, funded by the National Academies of Science, the National Research Council, and the Institute of Medicine.[citation needed]

Select publications[edit]

  • Papacharissi, Z. (2015). Affective Publics and Structure of Storytelling: Sentiment, Events and Mediality. Information, Communication and Society, 19 (3), 307-324.
  • Papacharissi, Z. (2014). Toward New Journalism(s): Affective News, Hybridity, and Liminal Spaces. Journalism Studies, published online March 2014.
  • Papacharissi, Z. (2015). The unbearable lightness of information and the impossible gravitas of knowledge: Big Data and the makings of a Digital Orality. 'Debating Big Data' in Media, Culture and Society, 37 (7).
  • Papacharissi, Z., Streeter, T., Gillespie, T. (2013). Culture Digitally: Habitus of the New. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 57 (4), 596-607.


  1. ^ a b c d "Papacharissi, Zizi | Communication | University of Illinois at Chicago". comm.uic.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  2. ^ Hoffbauer, Andreas (March 2012). "Book Review: Zizi Papacharissi, A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age". Media, Culture & Society. 34 (2): 252–254. doi:10.1177/0163443711431200a. ISSN 0163-4437.
  3. ^ Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, and Politics. Oxford Studies in Digital Politics. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN 978-0-19-999974-3.
  4. ^ "Human Communication and Technology Division". National Communication Association. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2023-11-12.
  5. ^ Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016). "Affective publics". Journal of Communication. 66 (2): E8–E10. doi:10.1111/jcom.12223. ISSN 1460-2466.
  6. ^ Papacharissi, Zizi, ed. (2018). A Networked Self and Birth, Life, Death (PDF) (1 ed.). New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315202129. ISBN 978-1-315-20212-9. S2CID 240326748.
  7. ^ Papacharissi, Zizi A. (2018). A networked self and platforms, stories, connections. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-72267-5.
  8. ^ "After Democracy: A Conversation with Zizi Papacharissi || CJMD Spotlight". Department of Communication. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2023-03-16.

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