Clay Shirky has become one of the most recognized names in tech circles by spending a career studying the social and financial effects of the web. Today NYU announced that Shirky will be bringing his talents to their campus in a full-time capacity with his appointment as a faculty member at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Tisch School of Arts.
Shirky, who is currently an associate teacher at Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), will oversee three courses at NYU. At the Carter school Shirky will teach the Studio 20 graduate concentration as well as the media criticism course sequence for journalism-focused undergrads. Tisch students can get their share of Shirky’s tech wisdom by enrolling in his Designing Conversation Spaces class.
Tisch School dean Mary Schmidt Campbell emphasized Shirky’s value to the university’s journalism and arts communities:
As an Associate Teacher for the past 10 years in ITP and a prominent figure in the field of Internet technologies even longer, he has been making the case that the Internet is an inherently participatory and social medium. By bridging the two departments, Shirky will be able to create on NYU’s campus a range of perspectives on the conversation about the Internet’s capacity to convene groups of people and effectively gather and disseminate information.
In July Fortune ranked Shirky among their “50 Smartest People in Tech” alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos. He has written regularly about the Internet since 1996 and published Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations in 2008. Shirky has contributed to Business 2.0, FEED, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Computerworld and runs a technology consulting firm with a client list including Nokia, the Library of Congress, and the BBC.