Lawrence Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, Adjunct Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and Geography, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has won numerous awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association for scholarship, teaching and mentorship, as well as, most recently, the University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award (For Post-Baccalaureate Teaching). He has been the co-editor of the international journal Cultural Studies for twenty years.
He has written extensively about the philosophy and theory of culture and communication, and the interdisciplinary practice of cultural studies. His research focused for many years on American popular music and youth culture, but his recent work has turned to the contemporary U.S. political culture. He has authored or co-authored 7 books, and edited or co-edited another 10, in addition to having 8 books (with at least 5 more in press) in languages other than English. He has published over 130 essays, and over 60 in languages other than English. His work has appeared in well over a dozen languages.
He has recently published essays on the state and futures of cultural studies, Richard Hoggart, James Carey, Stuart Hall, theory at the CCCS, “modernities,” and the financial crisis. His most recent books include New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (with Tony Bennett and Meaghan Morris, Blackwells, 2005), MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture (with Ellen Wartella, D. Charles Whitney and MacGregor Wise, Sage, 2005) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, politics and America’s future (Paradigm, 2005).
This last book offers the beginnings of a cultural studies–conjunctural analysis of the contemporary context by entering at the site of the changing place and status of “kid” over the past 5 decades. The conclusion points to an understanding of the conjuncture as a struggle over the possibilities of modernity, of the possibility of multiple ways of being modern. His latest book, We All Want To Change the World: The Intellectual Labor of Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2010) considers the work necessary to create a cultural studies capable of understanding the contemporary conjuncture and of opening up possibilities for struggle and change. In the context of struggles over modernities, it offers a contextual and theoretical interrogation of the founding concepts of cultural studies: economies, politics, cultures and the popular.
His current and future work explores three crucial elements of this larger project: the concept of modernity; the theory of affect; and the project of a cultural studies of economies.