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Eric Freedman , Ph.D.

  • Dean
  • Professor
  • Knight School of Communication

Dr. Eric Freedman is Dean of the James L. Knight School of Communication. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Queens, Dr. Freedman was Assistant Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. There he also served as Associate Director of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Dr. Freedman's academic experience also includes an appointment at Duke University where he served as Assistant Professor and the founding director of the Duke in Los Angeles Program.

A published and nationally respected scholar, Dr. Freedman is also an accomplished media artist and has been an active public access producer engaged with community media practices in local communities. Dr. Freedman is the author of Transient Images: Personal Media in Public Frameworks (Temple University Press), a study of the movement of personal images into public spaces and the development of “technobiographic” practices associated with the digital age. His early scholarly work on public access cable television, excerpts of which are included in The Television Studies Reader, The Television Studies Book, and the journal Television and New Media, has culminated in a research agenda that tackles several interrelated subjects that are included in the broad terrain of new technology, media access, and autobiographical discourses. His most recent essays include “Resident Racist: Embodiment and Game Controller Mechanics” (Pearson) and "Technobiography: Industry, Agency and the Networked Body" (Peter Lang). His current research examines the industrial applications of game engines, and reflects his personal interest in survival horror games.

Dr. Freedman’s creative work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the American Film Institute, MIX New York, and Ars Electronica. He is a 2006 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, awarded to professional artists who have created a recognized body of original works of art within an artistic discipline over a sustained period of time.

Dr. Freedman currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of e-Media Studies, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. 


  • B.A.  - Art History, College of Arts and Sciences; Cornell University
  • M.A.  - Art History, School of Fine Arts; University of Southern California
  • Ph.D.  - Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts; University of Southern California


  • Research Program on Digital Communications 2012 Time Warner Cable
  • Phi Kappa Phi 1987 Cornell University
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1987 Cornell University
  • Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists 2006 South Florida Cultural Consortium
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