Johannes M Bauer Ph.D.

Johannes Bauer

Department Chair, Professor

  • Media & Information
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A researcher, writer, teacher, and academic entrepreneur, I am grateful that my position as professor and chair of the Department of Media and Information allows me to pursue these interests to the fullest. I am educated as engineer and social scientist with a PhD in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. Michigan State University has been my home institution since 1990. It has been generous to allow extended periods at other universities, including the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Constance, Germany (Summer 2010), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012).

I feel passionate about the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in empowering individuals, creating sustainable communities, and fostering more inclusive and livable societies. My experience also tells me that this will require appropriate governance and collective action. Consequently, my research covers innovation in ICTs and their uses, media and information entrepreneurship (both for profit and social), as well as the governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICTs. Over the years, I have learned much from my students and from collaborating with people in practice. I have had the good fortune to work with individuals in public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.


Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy; Member of the Board of Directors, Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC); Research Associate, Quello Center for Media and Information Policy; Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University.

Research and Teaching

My research, teaching and writing focus on the digital economy, with a particular interest in how the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be fully utilized while their potential downsides can be avoided. Much of his work is international and comparative in scope. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and other organizations, my research is published in leading journals in the field, such as Information Economics and Policy, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Frontiers, the International Journal of Communications, Telecommunications Policy, and The Information Society.

Recent Book

Bauer, Johannes M. & Latzer, Michael (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2016. Paperback forthcoming November 2017.

Twenty-seven original chapters by an interdisciplinary group of authors discuss theoretical and applied frameworks for the study of the Internet and its unique economics as a global information and communications infrastructure.

Recent Article

Bauer, Johannes M. (2017), The Internet and income inequality, Telecommunications Policy, published online,

Discusses how the Internet interacts with other technological, economic, and political forces to aggravate or ameliorate income inequality. Public policy can mitigate but it will require measures that go beyond traditional approaches to overcoming the digital divide.

Contact Information

404 Wilson Road, Room 409
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University