William Dutton Ph.D.

William Dutton

Quello Professor and Director of the Quello Center

  • Media & Information


William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU, where he serves as Director of the Quello Center. Bill was the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford where he was founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Fellow of Balliol College, and a Professor Emeritus at the Annenberg School at USC, where he was elected President of the University’s Faculty Senate. He has recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014).

Recent Publications:

Dutton, W. H. (1999), Society on the Line: Information Politics in the Digital Age, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Dutton, W. H., and Jeffreys, P. (2010) (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
William H. Dutton, Anna Dopatka, Michael Hills, Ginette Law, and Victoria Nash (2011), Freedom of Connection – Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet. Paris: UNESCO, Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace. Reprinted in 2013; Trans. In French and Arabic.
Dutton, W. H. (2009), ‘The Fifth Estate Emerging through the Network of Networks’, Prometheus, Vol. 27, No. 1, March: pp. 1-15.
Dutton, W. H. (2013) (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dutton, W. H. (2014) (ed.), Politics and the Internet: Volumes I-IV. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis Routledge.
Graham, M., and Dutton, W. H. (2014) (eds), Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing our Lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Recent Grants:

2011-13 Co-Applicant, ESRC Research Seminar Series ‘Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights’ (RES-451-26-0849).
2012-13 Principal Investigator, ‘Global Perspectives on Freedom of Expression’, supported by ictQATAR, and in collaboration with ComScore, Cornell University Business School, and the World Economic Forum.
2013- Co-Principal Investigator, Cyber Security Capacity Building Centre, supported by a grant from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Cabinet Office, and based at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University.

Recent Awards:

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award as Founding Director of the OII
2013 The first Fred Williams Award for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology, Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association
2014 William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association, July.

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd.
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University