Media, Policy, and Public Opinion, Social & Education Policy

Brian Ekdale

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program
  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Brian Ekdale studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa.

He has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer. His documentary 10 Days in Malawi was screened at 11 film festivals and won 8 awards.

Since joining the UI faculty, Ekdale now teaches several courses that prepare students to be better consumers and producers of digital and social media. He is the faculty advisor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Graduate Student Association.