Media and Communication Studies

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Brice Nixon

Brice Nixon teaches at Ursinus College and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on media industries and the business of media, and he teaches courses in media industries, digital media studies, media history, media theory and research, and journalism.

His current research examines the attention economy. He is analyzing the ways in which media industries attempt to capture and capitalize on attention, now and in the past. His work has been published in the International Journal of Communication; Journalism; Media, Culture & Society; and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

Brice is also a postdoctoral research fellow at the Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC), a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. He was previously a visiting scholar at the University of Paris 8 and a Communication Policy Fellow at the Consortium on Media Policy Studies. He has taught at New York University, Temple University, Baruch College, and the University of La Verne. He is a former sports journalist.


Visiting Assistant Professor in Journalism


Media and Communication Studies


Ph.D., Communication (Media Studies), University of Colorado Boulder, 2013 Dissertation: Communication as Capital and Audience Labor Exploitation in the Digital Era Committee: Janice Peck, Andrew Calabrese, Willard Rowland, David Gross, Chad Kautzer
Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011
M.A., Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2009
B.A. (Cum Laude), Journalism, University of La Verne, 2002


Technology and Culture

Media and Society

Communication Theory and Research

Professional Experience

Media Industries

The Attention Economy

Communication Policy

Communication History

Journalism Studies

Digital Media Studies

Television Studies

Critical Theory

Recent Work


Nixon, Brice. 2017. “The Business of News in the Attention Economy: Audience Labor and MediaNews Group’s Efforts to Capitalize on News Consumption.” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. doi:10.1177/1464884917719145

Nixon, Brice. 2017. “Critical Communication Policy Research and the Attention Economy.” International Journal of Communication.

Nixon, Brice. 2016. “The Old Media Business in the New: ‘The Googlization of Everything’ as the Capitalization of Digital Consumption.” Media, Culture & Society 38 (2): 212-231. doi:10.1177/0163443715594036

Nixon, Brice. 2014. “Toward a Political Economy of ‘Audience Labour’ in the Digital Era.” tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 12 (2): 713-734.

Book Chapters

Nixon, Brice. 2017. “Recovering Audience Labor from Audience Commodity Theory: Advertising as Capitalizing on the Work of Signification.” In Explorations in Critical Studies of Advertising, edited by James F. Hamilton, Robert Bodle, and Ezequiel Korin, pp. 42-53. Routledge.

Nixon, Brice. 2015. “The Exploitation of Audience Labour: A Missing Perspective on Communication and Capital in the Digital Era.” In Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age, edited by Eran Fisher and Christian Fuchs, pp. 99-114. Palgrave Macmillan.

Nixon, Brice. 2015. “Critical Political Economy of Communication and the Problem of Method.” In Marx and the Political Economy of the Media, edited by Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco, pp. 260-283. Brill.