Scott Kushner

  • Associate Professor
  • Communication Studies
  • Phone: 401.874.5223
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  • Office Location: Davis Hall, Rm 312


Scott Kushner is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, where his research and teaching focus on media and cultural studies.

Kushner’s scholarship helps us better understand the politics and cultures of everyday media. Current projects focus on events tickets, which regulate access to culture; streaming music and the cultures of collecting; and lurking, the practices of not generating content when the generation of content is expected.

Before coming to URI, Kushner worked at McGill University, and he has previously taught at Rutgers and Duke Universities.


Cultural Studies, Media Studies


  • Ph.D., French, Duke University, 2009
  • M.A., French, Duke University, 2005
  • B.A., Letters, Wesleyan University, 2001

Selected Publications

Scott Kushner, “Game Lessons: Using Zork To Show Students What Computers Teach,” Teaching Media Quarterly 5.2 (2017).

Scott Kushner, “Read Only: The Persistence of Lurking in Web 2.0,” First Monday 21.6 (2016).

Scott Kushner, “Comparative Non-Literature and Everyday Digital Textuality,” ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline 2014-2015, ed. Ursula Heise et al. (2015).

Scott Kushner, “The Freelance Translation Machine: Algorithmic Culture and the Invisible Industry,” New Media and Society 15.8 (2013): 1241-1258.

Scott Kushner, “Virtually Dead: Blogospheric Absence and the Ethics of Networked Reading,” The Communication Review 14.1 (2011): 24-45.

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