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Kevin Glynn is a cultural and media theorist and analyst.  His work is situated at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies, and critical/cultural geographies, and is centrally concerned with the media-rich cultural environments of contemporary everyday life; with the cultural and spatial politics of media practices, forms, and discourses; and with the investigation, theorization and critical analysis of popular cultures and media as sites of discursive activity, terrains of political contestation, and spaces of identity production.  The core of his published scholarship examines relationships between popular, media, and political cultures of the Americas.  He received his Ph.D. from the Media & Cultural Studies program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught in departments of media, communication and cultural studies, American studies, and geography at universities in the US, New Zealand and the UK.  His next book, Transmedia Geographies: Decoloniality, Democratization, Cultural Citizenship and Media Convergence, is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press (in press).  He is also author of Tabloid Culture: Trash Taste, Popular Power, and the Transformation of American Television (Duke University Press) and coauthor of Communications/Media/Geographies (Routledge) and Shifting Nicaraguan Mediascapes: Authoritarianism and the Struggle for Social Justice (Springer).  His work has appeared, as well, in many anthologies and leading international journals in media & communication studies, cultural studies, and human geography such as Cultural Studies; Television & New Media; Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies; Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography; International Journal of Cultural Studies; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography; Communication Studies; Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; Comparative American Studies: An International Journal; Geopolitics; and others.  His recent publications have examined Indigenous peoples’ media practices and globalization; digital media and convergence cultures; intersections between popular culture, politics, cultural citizenship and the media; decolonial struggle in the new media environment; and theoretical dialogues between media & cultural studies and geography.

Professor Glynn is Co-Investigator (Media & Cultural Studies Research Group) and the Northumbria University Primary Investigator on a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Fund Grant (£3.75 million): “Ixchel,” a multidisciplinary research project in Guatemala and the UK that includes approximately 40 researchers and partners from the humanities, media production, social sciences, and physical sciences (2021-2024).  He was Primary Investigator on a grant from the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand ($800,000): “Geographies of Media Convergence: Spaces of Democracy, Connectivity and the Reconfiguration of Cultural Citizenship,” an interdisciplinary research project that involved collaborators at the University of Edinburgh, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas-Austin.

For a complete list of Kevin Glynn’s publications, see


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Cultural Studies, PhD, from the Media & Cultural Studies Program of the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Politics, MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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