Bill Dutton is Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Center. He is also Visiting Professor at the School of Media and Information, University of Leeds.
He was from 2014 to 2018 the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University and Director of the Quello Center. He was the OII’s Founding Director, a Fellow of Balliol College and the first Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he is now an Emeritus Professor. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87, and was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996.
His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four edited volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014), with a second edition forthcoming in 2019. He is working on a book on his concept of the Fifth Estate and a book focused on agendas for research on digital politics.
As founding director of the OII during its first decade (2002-2011), he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the department. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology. Since then, he was awarded the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014, and in 2015, was named an ICA Fellow by the Board of Directors of the International Communication Association.