Oscar H. Gandy Jr.

Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., Ph.D.

Oscar H. Gandy Jr.
  • Professor Emeritus of Communication

Oscar Gandy’s research within the political economy of communication and information focuses on information subsidies and policy formation, race, privacy and surveillance, discrimination, and media effects more generally.

Oscar Gandy is Professor Emeritus at the Annenberg School, where he taught until his retirement in 2006. Gandy's teaching and research has been in the areas of political economy, communication and race, privacy and surveillance, strategic communication, and media effects more generally. An active scholar before and after his retirement, Gandy has published in excess of 80 articles and chapters. His most important books are Beyond Agenda Setting (Ablex Publishing Company, 1982), Communication and Race (Arnold Publishers, 1998), The Panoptic Sort (Westview Press, 1993), Coming to Terms with Chance (Routledge, 2009), and a co-edited collection, Framing Public Life (Routledge, 2003).


  • A.A., Nassau Community College, 1964
  • B.A., University of New Mexico, 1967
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1970
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976

Selected Publications

“The Algorithm Made Me Do It! Predictive Policing, Cameras, Social Media and Affective Assessment.” IAMCR, 2019.

“On Personal Data Protection, Privacy, and Surveillance.” Communication & Society, 2018.

“Toward a Political Economy of Nudge: Smart City Variations.” Information, Communication & Society, 2018.

“Exploring Neuromarketing and Its Reliance on Remote Sensing: Social and Ethical Concerns.” International Journal of Communication, 2017.

“Surveillance and the Formation of Public Policy.” Surveillance & Society, 2016.

“Toward a Political Economy of Framing: Putting Inequality on the Public Policy Agenda.” The Political Economy of Communication, 2015.

“Framing Inequality in Public Policy Discourse: The Nature of Constraint” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication. Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Placemaking: Inequality by Accident or by Design.” ISA World Congress of Sociology, 2014.

“Choosing the Points of Entry: Strategic Framing and the Problem of Hyperincarceration.” Atlantic Journal of Communication, 2013.

“Wedging Equity and Environmental Justice into the Discourse on Sustainability.” triple C, 2013.

Coming to Terms with Chance: Engaging Rational Discrimination and Cumulative Disadvantage. Routledge, 2009.

“What the U.S. Can Learn from the U.K. about the Protection of Privacy.” Surveillance & Society, 2009.

“Metaphoric Reinforcement of the Virtual Fence: Factors Shaping the Political Economy of Property in Cyberspace” in Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics. Routledge, 2008.

“Quixotics Unite! Engaging the Pragmatists on Rational Discrimination” in Theorizing Surveillance: The Panopticon and Beyond. Routledge, 2006.

“Racial Profiling: They Said it Was against the Law!” University of Ottawa Law & Technology Journal, 2006.

“If It Weren't For Bad Luck.” Annenberg Lecture, 2005.

“Whose Environmental Justice? Social Identity and Institutional Rationality.” Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, 2004.

“The Great Frame Robbery: The Strategic Use of Public Opinion in the Formation of Media Policy.” Report to Ford Foundation, 2003.

“Public Opinion Surveys and the Formation of Privacy Policy.” Journal of Social Issues, 2003.

Framing Public Life: Perspectives on Media and Our Understanding of the Social World. Routledge, 2001.

“Journalists and Academics and the Delivery of Race Statistics: Being a Statistician Means Never Having to Say You're Certain.” Race and Society, 2001.

Communication and Race: A Structural Perspective. Arnold, 1998.