Michael Suman

Michael Suman

Sr. Continuing Lecturer

Office: 2314 Rolfe Hall

Email: msuman@ucla.edu

Phone: 310-267-5975

Curriculum Vitae

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I have been a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies since 1995. I received my B.A. from The Ohio State University and my Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA. Prior to working for our department, I lectured at various locations and universities throughout Asia, and was the Project Coordinator for UCLA’s Television Violence Monitoring Project and Research Director for UCLA’s Center for Communication Policy. Since 2004, I have also served as Research Director of the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.I have authored and edited numerous publications related to the impact of computers and the Internet on society. I have also published work on television violence, religion and the media, and advocacy groups and the media.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Sociology, The Ohio State University

Selected Publications

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