I am an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
My research focuses on three related areas of inquiry: digital cultures, production studies, and global media. In short, I study media work within global digital cultures.
Most of my scholarship examines global digital cultures in Kenya: through a production ethnography of community media in Nairobi’s slums, an examination of Kenya’s music video industry, and a series of co-authored articles about the intersection of digital media and popular politics. In addition, I have participated in collaborative research projects on a variety of topics, including digital journalism, travel influencers, and algorithms.
My teaching prepares students to be better consumers and producers of digital and social media. I also have professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer.
If you’re interested in anything I do or want to pick an electronic fight, please contact me via email (brian-ekdale [at] uiowa.edu) or Twitter (@bekdale).