I am a professor of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and a Fulbright Specialist from 2021 to 2025. I am also a co-founder of the Non-Aligned Technologies Movement and the network Tierra Común, and serve on the Board of Directors of Humanities New York, a National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate.

The research areas I am interested in include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy of technology, sociology of data, and political economy of digital media.

Portrait of Ulises Mejias
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Selected Publications

Mejias, U. A. and Couldry, N. (2024). Data Grab: The new Colonialism of Big Tech and how to fight back. Penguin Random House / WH Allen.

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Mejias, U. A. (2023). Sovereignty and Its Outsiders: Data Sovereignty, Racism, and Immigration Control. Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.34669/WI.WJDS/3.2.7link
Mejias, U. A. (2022). The People vs. the Algorithmic State: How government is aiding Big Tech’s extractivist agenda, and what we can do about it. PolicyLink Institute. https://www.policylink.org/resources-tools/the-people-vs-the-algorithmic-statelink
Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. A. (2021). The decolonial turn in data and technology research: What is at stake and where is it heading?, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1986102

Metrics: This article has been viewed around 13,000 times according to the journal.

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Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. A. (2019). The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism. Stanford University Press.

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Mejias, U. A. and Couldry, N. (2019). Consumption as Production: Data and the Reproduction of Capitalist Relations. In F. Wherry and I. Woodward (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Consumption. Oxford University Press. link
Mejias, U. A. & Couldry, N. (2019). Datafication (Concepts of the digital society). Internet Policy Review, 8(4). DOI: 10.14763/2019.4.1428link
Couldry, N. & Mejias, U. A. (2019). Making data colonialism liveable: how might data’s social order be regulated? Internet Policy Review, 8(2). DOI: 10.14763/2019.2.1411link
Mejias, U. A. and Couldry, N. (2019). Colonialismo de datos: repensando la relación de los datos masivos con el sujeto contemporáneo. Virtualis: Revista de Cultural Digital, 10 (18). Ciudad de México.link
Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. A. (2018). Data Colonialism: Rethinking Big Data’s Relation to the Contemporary Subject. Television & New Media, 20 (4).

Metrics: This article has been downloaded around 28,000 times from the journal page, 18,000 times from the LSE page, and has 863 citations according to Google Scholar. The article has an Altmetric Attention Score of 278, making it the 5th article with the highest attention score published by the journal (impact factor of 1.245), and putting it in the top 5% of the more than 12 million research outputs tracked by Altmetric.

Mejias, U. A> and Vokuev, N. (2017). Disinformation and the Media: The case of Russia and Ukraine. Media, Culture and Society (SAGE Journals).link [$]
book cover Mejias, U. A. (2013). Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World. University of Minnesota Press. link
fibrecultureMejias, U. A. (2012). Liberation Technology and the Arab Spring: From Utopia to Atopia and Beyond. Fibreculture, Special Issue on Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/20/fcj-147-liberation-technology-and-the-arab-spring-from-utopia-to-atopia-and-beyond/link
activist-artClark, P., Mejias, U., Cavana, P., Herson, D., and Strong, S. M. (2011). Interactive Social Media and the Art of Telling Stories: Strategies for Social Justice Through Osw3go.net 2010: Racism on Campus. In B. Beyerbach and R. D. Davis (eds.) Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
newmediaandsocietyMejias, U. A. (2010). The Limits of Networks as Models for Organizing the Social. New Media & Society, (12) 4, 603-617.link [$]
firstmondayMejias, U. A. (2005). Re–approaching Nearness: Online Communication and its Place in Praxis. First Monday, (10) 3. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1213/1133link
Critical-Studies-in-Media-CommunicationMejias, U. A. (2001). Sustainable Communicational Realities in the Age of Virtuality. Critical Studies in Media Communication, (18) 2, 211-228.

Contact Info

ulises DOT mejias AT oswego DOT edu