Mark Levy

We are saddened by the passing away of our dear colleague Mark Levy earlier this year. Mark served on the CAS faculty for more than 15 years, having joined Michigan State in 1999 and serving as the (then) Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media Chair from 1999 to 2006.

To honor Mark's legacy, a scholarship has been set up in his name: The Mark Levy ICT4D Scholarship Fund. Mark was a firm believer that research should do good, and a staunch advocate of projects that use telecommunications to improve the lives of the world's poor. Funded through gifts by friends and family in memory of Mark Levy, the scholarship will help new generations of scholars carry on this work. Disbursed annually, the scholarship is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

To give to this fund, visit

Prior to coming to MSU, he served as Associate Dean and Professor of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He also had taught at the State University of New York in Albany, Columbia University in New York City and at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Mark's research focused on the use and impact of communication technologies on individuals and many of his publications are groundbreaking contributions to the field. He was the author, co-author or editor of 10 books and more than 100 refereed journal articles and conference presentations. From 1991 to 1996, he was Editor of the Journal of Communication.

Mark conducted pioneering work on VCRs, virtual reality, and most recently, the role of information and communication technologies in facilitating economic and social development.

His recent research focused on the role of ICT in the empowerment of women in developing countries. Only months ago, he completed a research project supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, London, studying the role of mobile phones in promoting the social and political empowerment of women in India, Nigeria and Indonesia.

Passionate about theory-building, Mark was a devoted teacher who sought to instill in his students a strong belief that research only matters if it helps ameliorate the human condition, and he maintained close ties to his many doctoral advisees.


Mark earned a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in Politics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.

Prior to returning to graduate school, he was a working journalist with the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; NBS News in New York City; and Newsweek. He had been a consultant to ABC News, NBC News, NHK (Tokyo), the Children’s Television Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Broadcasters, and AT&T.

Share your memories at the Spartans Will Remember Mark Levy Facebook page.

Mark will be remembered at several events in the coming months:

  1. Monday, April 27, 2015, 5-7 pm, WKAR Studio B, MSU, as part of the Department of Media and Information Retirement Celebration and Remembrance
  2. Saturday, May 16, 2015, ICTD Singapore 2015 Conference, as part of an In Memoriam segment during the plenary session (honoring Mark Levy, Gary Marsden, and Gaetano Borriello)
  3. Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6-8 pm, ICA Conference, Puerto Rico, San Juan Caribe Hilton Hotel, Salon Del Mar

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