David B. Nieborg is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information Studies. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam and was affiliated as a postdoctoral research fellow with MIT, the University of Amsterdam, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Nieborg has experience with journalism, having a previous career in both newspaper journalism and as an entrepreneur, co-founding an award-winning game company. His research and writing has been featured in various Dutch TV and radio-shows, newspapers and magazines.
MI (Critical Information Policy Studies)
Professor Nieborg has published widely on the political economy of the game industry, the military-entertainment complex, platform companies, and games journalism. Currently he is working with scholars in Canada, Germany, the US, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong on a research project titled App Studies that connects app economics, app advertising, app imperialism, and methodological innovation. His work has been published in academic outlets such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, the European Journal for Cultural Studies, and Fibreculture Journal. His research on App Economics was funded by a $300 000 grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Nieborg, David B. App Advertising: The Rise of the Player Commodity. In Explorations in Critical Studies of Advertising, ed. Jay F. Hamilton, Robert Bodle & Ezequiel Korin. New York: Routledge, 2017: 28-41.
Foxman, Maxwell & David B. Nieborg. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Games Coverage and its Network of Ambivalences.” Journal of Games Criticism 1.3 (2016).
Nieborg, David B. From Premium to Freemium: The Political Economy of the App. In Social, Casual, and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape, ed. Tama Leaver & Michele Willson. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016: 225-240.
—. “Crushing Candy: The Free-To-Play Game In Its Connective Commodity Form.” Social Media + Society 1.2 (2015): 1-12. doi: 10.1177/2056305115621932
MDSB05H3 Media and Globalization
MDSB25H3 Political Economy of Media
MDSC01H3 Theories in Media Studies