John L. Sullivan
Associate Professor

B.A., Pomona College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Media Institutions and Processes

John Sullivan's main research interest is in the structure of media institutions and the formation, interpretation, and implementation of media policy. Specifically, Dr. Sullivan utilizes structuration theory to investigate decision making in mass media corporations and the resulting shifts in market structure. He also explores information seeking behaviors of media corporations, the institutional construction of audiences, and the political economy of global communication. He has published in journals such as Communication Theory and Communication Law & Policy. He recently co-authored a report for the Annenberg Public Policy Center on the implementation of federal regulations regarding television closed captioning. Findings from this study, which was funded by the National Captioning Institute, will be presented to Congress in the Fall of 2003. Dr. Sullivan is currently working on a book about the expansion of U.S. cable television in Latin America. He teaches Media Industries, Communication in the Global Community, Audience Analysis, Media and Society, and Twentieth Century Media.