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Michael Schudson taught sociology and communication at the University of Chicago 1976-80 and the University of California, San Diego, 1980-2009. Since 2006, part-time, and 2009 full-time he has been a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. Schudson is the author of seven books and editor of three others on the history and sociology of the American news media, the history of U.S. citizenship and political participation, and related topics. He is the co-author, with Leonard Downie, Jr., of a report commissioned by the Columbia Journalism of School, The Reconstruction of American Journalism (2009).