Johanna Blakley

Managing Dir
The Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Johanna Blakley, an expert in popular culture, digital technology and entertainment, is the managing director of the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Johanna performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, celebrity culture, fashion, digital media and intellectual property law. She is currently co-Principal Investigator, with Marty Kaplan, on the Media Impact Project, a hub for collecting, developing and sharing approaches for measuring the impact of media, which has received $4.25 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

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