Henry Jenkins is the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games. He is the principal investigator of Project nml (New Media Literacies), funded by the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation to promote the social skills and cultural competencies required to insure that every young person is able to fully participate in the new media landscape. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Governor's Board of the World Economic Forum and has served on the advisory board of the Free Expression Network. Jenkins has a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Henry is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture, Democracy and New Media, and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His most recent books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.