Zizi Papacharissi delivers the keynote at the 2018 Internet, Politics and Policy Conference on ‘Affective Publics: News, Storytelling, Sentiment, and Technology’.

About the speakers

  • Zizi Papacharissi

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Zizi Papacharissi is professor and head of the Communication Department and professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. Her books include  Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology and Politics (Oxford University Press),  winner of the National CommunicatIon Association Human Communication and Technology Division Best Book Award, A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010),  A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010),  and Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas (Taylor & Francis, 2009). Zizi is the editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and the  founding and current Editor of the new open access Sage journal Social Media and Society.

    Zizi was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated from Anatolia College in 1991. She received a full scholarship to Mount Holyoke College, where she completed a double BA in Economics and Media Studies (1995), and to Kent State University, where she received a Masters degree in Communication Studies (1997). Her studies were fully funded by fellowships and scholarships from both the Onassis Foundation and the University of Texas of Austin, where she received her PhD (2000) in New Media Technologies and Political Communication. She was recently recognised by her alma mater, UT-Austin, as a high-impact scholar, an honour bestowed to a handful of the School’s  most productive and impactful doctoral graduates.