• Title Feld Professor of Emerging Media
  • Additional Titles Director, Division of Emerging Media Studies
  • Office 402B

James E. Katz, Ph.D., Dr.h.c., is the Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University’s College of Communication where he directs its Division of Emerging Media Studies. He recently concluded service as Distinguished Professor at Peking University’s New Media School.

His publications on the effects of artificial intelligence (AI), social media, mobile communication, robot-human interaction, have been internationally recognized and translated into many other languages. His two most recent books, Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media, co-edited with Kate Mays, and Philosophy of Emerging Media, co-edited with Juliet Floyd, were published by Oxford University Press in 2019 and 2016, respectively. An earlier book, The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement, was published in 2013 by Macmillan. Other volumes include Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, Expression (with Ronald E. Rice) and Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, both of which were published by MIT Press. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited more than 12,000 times.

Prior to his Boston University appointment, he was Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Communication at Rutgers University (the title being the highest honor that Rutgers can bestow on one of its faculty) and served two terms as chair of its Department of Communication. Preceding his tenure at Rutgers, Katz was a Distinguished Member of Staff and director of the social science research unit at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore).

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, BME), the world’s oldest technological university. Among his other awards are the Ogburn career achievement award from the American Sociological Association and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Twentieth Century Communications History. He is a Fellow of several professional societies, including the International Communication Association and the American Association for the Advancement Science (AAAS), America’s most visible scientific society. Katz has also been awarded fellowships at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and two patents, one of which has been internationally licensed.