Paula McDowell

Professor, Department of English, FAS

Synopsis of Research in Shanghai (May 4 - May 22):

Professor McDowell is currently writing a book on the Canadian professor and media theorist Marshall McLuhan (d. 1980), who coined the phrase "the Global Village." While McLuhan's fame has diminished in North America since the late 1970s, it is growing in China: a recent article in the Canadian Journal of Social Science cites his book Understanding Media as "one of the 30 top most influential books in China for the past three decades." With 457 million potential Chinese "Netizens" (citizens with increased access to the internet) China is the place for Professor McDowell to be in order to gain new insight into the consequences of rapid media shift. Two of her former students, Porter Yelton and Samantha Fritsch, will be working at NYU Shanghai and they strongly encouraged Professor McDowell to come.

Last Name
Paula McDowell
Fellows Type
GRI Fellowship
GRI Fellows semester
Spring 2020