Brian Ekdale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

What is Brian’s story? 

Brian studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa.

Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer. His documentary 10 Days in Malawi was screened at 11 film festivals and won 8 awards.

Since joining the UI faculty, Brian now teaches several courses that prepare students to be better consumers and producers of digital and social media. 

Brian is the principal investigator on a 3-year grant studying the relationship between personalization algorithms and online radicalization.

  • JMC:2020 - Multimedia Storytelling
  • JMC:2500 - Community Media
  • JMC:3650 - Video Production
  • JMC:3660 - Audio Production
  • JMC:6200 - Humanistic Approaches to Media Communication
  • JMC:6333 - Seminar in Media Communication, Digital Cultures
Recent Publications
  • Peterson, A., High, A., Maragh- Lloyd, R., Stoldt, R., & Ekdale, B. (2022). Trust in online search results during uncertain times. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 66(5): 751-771. doi: 10.1080/08838151.2022.2141242.
  • Ekdale, B., Biddle, K., Tully, M., Asuman, M., & Rinaldi, A. (2022). Global disparities in knowledge production within journalism studies: Are special issues the answer? Journalism Studies, 23(15), 1942–1961. doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2022.2123846
  • Dowling, D., Johnson, P., & Ekdale, B. (2022). Hijacking journalism: Legitimacy and metajournalistic discourse in right-wing podcasts. Media and Communication, 10(3). doi: 10.17645/mac.v10i3.5260.
  • Ekdale, B., Rinaldi, A., Ashfaquzzaman, M., Khanjani, M., Matanji, F., Stoldt, R., & Tully, M. (2022). Geographic disparities in knowledge production: A big data analysis of peer-reviewed Communication publications from 1990 to 2019. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2498–2525.
  • Ekdale, B. (2020). Reppin’ the nation, reppin’ themselves: Nation branding and self-branding in the Kenyan music video industry. Journal of African Media Studies, 12(1), 75–88. doi: 10.1386/jams_00012_1.
  • Wellman, M., Tully, M., Stoldt, R., & Ekdale, B. (2020). Ethics of authenticity: Influencers and the production of sponsored content. Journal of Media Ethics, 35(2), 68–82. doi: 10.1080/23736992.2020.1736078.
  • Stoldt, R., Maragh-Lloyd, R., Havens, T., Ekdale, B., & High, A. C. (2023). Using racial discourse communities to audit personalization algorithms. Communication, Culture & Critique. 13(3), 158–165.
  • Biddle, K., Ekdale, B., High, A., Stoldt, R., & Maragh-Lloyd, R. (2024). Beyond ‘lulz’ and ‘keyboard warriors’: Exploring the relationship between trolling and radicalization. Information, Communication & Society. Advanced online publication.


Brian Ekdale
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Contact Information

E324 Adler Journalism Building (AJB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States