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Professor William H. Dutton

Senior Fellow, Advisory Board Member

William H. Dutton

Senior Fellow, Advisory Board Member


Bill Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center. He was the OII’s Founding Director, a Fellow of Balliol College and the first Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he is now an Emeritus Professor. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87, and was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996.

His recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies include Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), and Transforming Enterprise, co-edited (MIT Press, 2005), and World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, co-edited with P. Jeffreys (MIT Press, 2011). He is currently editing a handbook on Internet Studies for Oxford University Press and a four volume series of readings on the Internet and Politics for Routledge.

His service includes chairing the Advisory Committee for England of the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), and participating on the NHS Direct Innovation Committee.

He was Director of the OII from 2002 to 2011.

Research Interests

Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centred computational networks, e-research

Positions at the OII

  • Advisory Board Member, October 2014 -
  • Senior Fellow, August 2014 -
  • Director, July 2002 - September 2011
  • Professor of Internet Studies, July 2002 - August 2014




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