Introducing the Media Activism Research Collective (MARC)

A joint endeavor between the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Sociology, the Media Activism Research Collective (MARC) offers a collaborative space for graduate students working at the intersection of media studies and social movement theory.

Innovative research on the dynamic relationship between media and social movements requires methodologies and frameworks that defy disciplinary boundaries. In the spirit of the field’s rich diversity, MARC brings together graduate students and faculty from around the Penn campus to establish a supportive network for research that might not lend itself to a traditional laboratory setting, but nonetheless benefits from collective thinking and creative experimentation. MARC links students with peers, leading scholars, and resources so as to institutionalize the formation of generative ties that foster deep learning and insightful research. In a field more typically pursued through individual paths that sometimes cross, MARC is committed to the type of synergetic research required to explore the complex realities of activism, social movements, and media systems. The collective will be a student-driven, collaborative, and interdisciplinary group.

The first MARC business meeting will take place on Monday, October 20, at noon, at Annenberg Room 224. Lunch will be served. Space is limited.

To join MARC's mailing-list, please email with a blank subject line, and in the body of the email, type “subscribe MediaActivismResearch." 

For questions about MARC, please contact Rosemary Clark at or Guobin Yang at