Michael Suman

Sr. Continuing Lecturer

Contact Information

Office  2314 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-267-5975
I study mass media effects, media and culture, and new communications technologies.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Sociology, The Ohio State University


Co-editor, World Internet Project: International Report, 2013

Co-editor, The Digital Future Project: Surveying the Digital Future, 2012

Co-author with Robert Lunn, "A Longitudinal Examination of Internet Diffusion, Adopter Categories, and Ramifications of Internet Usage on the Importance of Newspapers,"

World Wide Internet: Changing Societies, Economies, and Cultures, 2009

Co-author with Robert Lunn, "Exposure to the Internet," International Encyclopedia of Communication, 2008

Co-author, with Michele L. Ybarra, "Help seeking behavior and the Internet: A national survey" in
International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 75, Issue 1, January 2006, Pages 29-41.

Co-author, with Michele L. Ybarra, "Reasons, assessments, and actions taken: sex and age differences in uses of Internet health information" in Health Education Research, July, 2006

Co-author, with Robert Lunn, "Experience and Trust in Online Shopping" in The Internet in Everyday Life (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers), 2002

Co-author, with Jean-Francois Coget and Yutaka Yamauchi, "How Does the Internet Affect People's Social Network and Loneliness?"  IT and Society, Issue 1, 2002

Senior Editor, Advocacy Groups and the Television Industry (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1999

Author, "Interest Groups and Public Debate" in "Advocacy Groups and the Television Industry" (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1999

Editor, Religion and Prime Time Television (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1997

Author, "Do we really need more religion on fiction television?" in "Religion and Prime Time Television" (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1997