Background and Education

Background and Education

Henry Jenkins was born on June 4, 1958 in Atlanta Georgia. Jenkins is an American media scholar and popularly known for being an author or editor of twelve books on different aspects of media and popular culture (1).He is currently a University Professor. Henry Jenkins is married to his wife, Cynthia Jenkins, and they have one son together, Henry Jenkins IV. Jenkins did his undergraduate work at Georgia State University. Here he majored in Political Science and Journalism. He went on to earn a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and then went on to receive his PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Henry Jenkins has been the Co-Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies program, but has recently accepted a position as Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, which is a joint professorship at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC School for Cinematic Arts
Jenkins’ earliest work was mainly about fans of television, particularly the fans of science fiction. Jenkins has coined the term “Aca/Fan” which is a cross between a fan and an academic (3). He seeks to bridge the gap between the two separate worlds of an academic and a fan. His most recent research however is that of media convergence. Jenkins suggests that convergence can be understood as a cultural process, rather than technological (1). One of his most recent works is his book Convergence Culture. In this book, Jenkins discusses how fans and fan-like activity is the main aspect of the way culture industries operate.
  • Jenkins, Henry (1992). What Made Pistachio Nuts?: Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 416. ISBN 0231078552.
  • Jenkins, Henry (1992). Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture. Studies in culture and communication. New York: Routledge. p. 343. ISBN 0415905710.
  • Jenkins, Henry (1995). Classical Hollywood Comedy. AFI film readers. New York: Routledge. p. 430. ISBN 0415906393.
  • Jenkins, Henry (1998). From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. p. 360. ISBN 0262032589.
  • Jenkins, Henry (1998). The Children's Culture Reader. New York: New York University Press. p. 532. ISBN 0814742319.
  • Jenkins, Henry (2002). Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Duke University Press. p. 748. ISBN 0822327376.
  • Jenkins, Henry (2003). Rethinking Media Change: The Aesthetics of Transition. Media in transition. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. p. 404. ISBN 0262201461.
  • Jenkins, Henry (ed. with David Thorburn) (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. p. 385. ISBN 0262101017.
  • Jenkins, Henry (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press. p. 308. ISBN 0814742815.
  • Jenkins, Henry (2006). Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. New York: New York University Press. p. 279. ISBN 081474284X.
  • Jenkins, Henry (2007). The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture. New York: New York University Press. p. 285. ISBN 0814742823.
  • 2006 White Paper Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.
1. Jenkins, Henry Convergence Culture: Where old and new media collide. New York: New
York University Press, 2006.