Michigan State University

Dr. John Monberg

I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. I also have an appointment as a core teaching faculty member in the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University.

Office: 263 Bessey Hall

Phone: (517) 355-2400
Fax :     (517) 353-5250

E-mail: jmonberg@msu.edu


Research Areas

Cultural studies of new media technologies,qualitative research methods, and user interaction design; policy implications of new  media  technologies including universal access, privacy, and intellectual property; the use of advanced computer/communication technologies as contexts for urban culture, planning and decision making.

The Our Michigan Ave project uses advanced user research and agile software development methods to build a new media space for public deliberation about the future of Michigan Avenue which connects Lansing and East Lansing. The project was profiled in a Capital Gains article.

In 2008, I was selected as the exceptional researcher spotlighted by the Association of Internet Researchers.

I have recently published work in The Information Society, The Journal of Technology Studies, Explorations in Media Ecology,The Southern Journal of Communication, ebr, Convergence, Communication Theory, and other communication, philosophy, and anthropology journals.


I blog on the Urban Communication Foundation Blog.


Online Bibliography: Interactive Social Spaces


  • Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Science and Technology Studies, 1998
  • M.A.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Science and Technology Studies, 1992
  • B.B.A. University of Notre Dame, Finance, 1985

Calumet Region Project

Social Worlds Article in the Electronic Book Review


The Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana and Southeast Chicago holds both the most diverse concentration of species in the United States and the largest concentration of industry in the United States.  The transformation of this area from empty frontier to dense metropolis holds many lessons for technological transformation.

Quicktime of Machines of Social Inequality

Quicktime of Small European Cars