William Charles Uricchio is a media scholar and Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Professor of German Studies in MIT’s Global Studies and Languages.
William Charles Uricchio is a media scholar and Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Professor of German Studies in MIT’s Global Studies and Languages. He is also Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Together with Henry Jenkins, he helped to build and direct MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. Uricchio was Principal Investigator of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab and continues in that role with its successor, the MIT Game Lab. He is founder and Principal Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. And, he is Faculty Director of MISTI's MIT-Netherlands Program. He is also (co-)author or (co-)editor of several books including We Europeans? Media, Representations, Identity; Media Cultures; Die Anfänge des deutschen Fernsehens: Kritische Annäherungen an die Entwicklung bis 1945; Reframing Culture: The Case of the Vitagraph Quality Films; and The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and his Media. Uricchio is series editor (along with Jesper Juul and Geoff Long) of the MIT Press Playful Thinking Series on game related topics. Uricchio considers the interplay of media technologies and cultural practices, and their role in (re-) constructing representation, knowledge and publics. In part, he researches and develops new histories of 'old' media (early photography, telephony, film, broadcasting, and new media) when they were new. And in part, he investigates the interactions of media cultures and their audiences through research into such areas as peer-to-peer communities and cultural citizenship, early German cinema, and German television in the 1930s and 1940s.
William Uricchio earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees in cinema studies from New York University. His subsequent work was supported by Guggenheim, Alexander von Humboldt, and Fulbright fellowships; a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; and the Berlin Prize.
He was Bonnier Visiting Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Stockholm University; DREAM Visiting Professor in Denmark; and visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin (American Studies); The University of Science and Technology of China (Communications); Philipps-Universität Marburg (Medienwissenschaft); and Stockholm University (Television Studies).