Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

About Brian


I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at The University of Iowa. My research focuses on digital cultures, production studies, and global media.

I’ve applied this media production focus to the study of community video production in Nairobi’s slums, the motivations of American political bloggers, the social media tactics of Occupy Wall Street protestors, the uncertainly of contemporary journalism, and the glocalization of music videos in Kenya. My research has been published in a variety of journals, including New Media & Society, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Information, Communication & Society. If you’re so inclined, you can check out my published work on my CV page.

I currently teach conceptual and practical courses in digital and social media, including Social Media Today, Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling, Applied Digital & Social Media, and Digital Cultures. I also have taught courses in mass communication theory, video production, and digital ethics. My teaching and research are informed by a professional background in information technology and documentary video. Of note, I produced, directed and edited the documentary 10 Days in Malawi, which was screened at 11 film festivals and won awards at eight.

I don’t update this site as often as I would like, but, like my childhood love of Rush, I can’t bear to let it go. If you’re interested in anything I do or want to pick an electronic fight, please contact me via email ( or Twitter (@bekdale).