MIC Center Recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher

The MIC Center Is Recruiting a Post-doctoral Researcher to Focus on the Political Economy of Local Media.

The MIC Center has a project currently under way that aims to expand internet access through policy interventions that foster alternative models of affordable and reliable internet service. A second project will critically examine local news media infrastructures and institutions to assess how they are serving community information needs.

Skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in communication or related field, with an emphasis on political economic analysis.
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Experience presenting data in compelling and accessible ways.
  • Strong writing skills, including experience writing for non-academic audiences.
  • Excellent networking skills and experience with activist organizing a plus.
  • Familiarity with and connections to Philadelphia-area community groups also a plus.

This post is full-time and for 12 months beginning on September 1, 2022. The Post-Doctoral fellow will be provided a stipend of $55,000, a research/travel stipend of $3,000, health insurance, a workspace, computer, and library access. It is expected that the fellow will be working on-site in Philadelphia, though some remote work is possible.

About MIC

The Media, Inequality & Change Center occupies the intersection of technology, policy, and social justice. It is committed to studying the political economy of social problems, media, and democracy, while engaging local activist projects, and drawing connections with national and international social movements.

Submitting Your Application


You must have a PhD or be receiving your PhD by July 2022.


In addition to a CV and one sample publication (not to exceed 30 pages in total), please provide a Cover Page that includes your name and contact information, dissertation advisor name and contact information, defense date (if degree not awarded), and a short statement of institutional fit (not to exceed 300 words). Please explain how your background and experience aligns with MIC’s mission.


All materials should be sent as a single PDF document to briar.smith@asc.upenn.edu by July 17, 2022.

Additional Information:

If you have additional questions, please email briar.smith@asc.upenn.edu.

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