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Silvio Waisbord

Washington, D.C., United States

Director and Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University


Silvio Waisbord is Director and Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author or editor of eighteen books, and articles on journalism and politics, communication studies, media policy, and global social change. His most recent book is El Imperio de la Utopía (Península, 2020). Waisbord received a Licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Waisbord’s journey

Selected readings

Waisbord, S. (2000). Watchdog journalism in South America: News, accountability, and democracy. Columbia University Press.

Waisbord, S., & Mellado, C. (2014). De-westernizing communication studies: A reassessment. Communication theory, 24(4), 361-372.

Waisbord, S. (2018). Truth is what happens to news: On journalism, fake news, and post-truth. Journalism studies, 19(13), 1866-1878.

Waisbord, S. (2019). Communication: A post-discipline. Polity.

Waisbord, S. (2016). Translations| communication studies without frontiers? Translation and cosmopolitanism across academic cultures. International Journal of Communication, 10, 19.

Watch Prof. Waisbord present on “Revisiting the craft of communication scholarship amid the slog of de-westernization” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Waisbord’s insights about his professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast