Dr. Benjamin Medeiros
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Ben Medeiros’s research focuses on contemporary topics in communications law and political communication. His work on reputation and privacy in the digital age has appeared in First Amendment Studies, Social Media + Society, Journal of Media Ethics, and Communication Research Trends, and he is the author of Reputation Management Online: America’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ (Routledge/National Communication Association, 2022). Some other writing on the regulation of internet platforms and content moderation appears in Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Media Law and Ethics, International Journal of Communication, and Communication Law Review. In recognition of this body of research, Dr. Medeiros received the 2022 Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). Preprints of most of the publications can be found on Academia.
He is currently working on a historical account of the evolving politics of internet regulation.
As a teacher, Dr. Medeiros strives to help students cultivate three main things: broadly applicable analytical instincts that will help them adapt in an ever-changing job market; an awareness of the institutional and social forces that shape the world around them; and a richer understanding of their own beliefs. Dr. Medeiros works hard to create a safe and inclusive yet challenging space for discussion in my courses, and he thinks that some of the best discussions happen when students make connections between the course material and the different life experiences that they bring to Plattsburgh. Finally, he is particularly enthusiastic about helping students develop their own independent study and research projects, and has advised students in semester-long research projects in the past.
Dr. Medeiros has served on the editorial board of the National Communication Association (NCA) journal Communication & Democracy (formerly First Amendment Studies) since 2018 and periodically reviews submissions for the journals Social Media + Society and Communication Law Review. He is currently vice chair of the Freedom of Expression Division in NCA and in SSCA.
Dr. Medeiros received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2016.