Quello Center Welcomes Bill Dutton

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NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Welcoming William H. Dutton to the Quello Center

Since August of 1999, I have had the privilege of serving as the Quello Center’s founding director and holder of the endowed James H. Quello Chair of Telecommunications Studies (now renamed Chair of Media and Information Policy). For nearly 15 years I have been able to share the pleasure and excitement of a growing and vibrant Center striving to contribute to the development of appropriate policies for the Communications Sector in the United States. It has been a good run, but change is good for institutions and for individuals, and this is the right time for me to begin to focus more on ways to contribute that require less direct involvement in Center leadership and for the Quello Center to transition to a new leadership team. We began the search for my successor last Fall and are most pleased to be able to announce that William H. Dutton has accepted the positions of Center Director and holder of the endowed chair beginning in August 2014. Bill is an internationally recognized scholar and until recently served as the founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute. The official MSU announcement of Dr. Dutton’s appointment and brief bio are immediately below. For me, it is personally gratifying to know that as I pass the reins of Center leadership, the new leadership team will be poised to take the Center to new heights.

 - Steven S. Wildman



William H. Dutton has been appointed the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, where he will be Director of the Quello Center. His appointment will be from 16 August 2014. 

Bill has been Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Balliol College. He came to Oxford from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he was elected President of the Faculty, and remains an Emeritus Professor. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar, was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT), and founding director of the OII during its first decade, for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology. Beyond his research, which includes participation as a co-principal investigator in the UK FCO supported Global Cyber Security Capacity Project, Bill sits on a number of academic advisory boards, scientific committees, and represents Oxford University in supporting the TSB’s Connected Digital Economy Catapult. He has also been reappointed twice to the Chair of the Advisory Committee for England of the Office of Communications (Ofcom). 

His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four edited volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014). He is working on a book on his concept of the Fifth Estate.