J.J. Sylvia IV

Communications Media School of Arts and Sciences
J.J. Sylvia IV
978.665.3418 Office: CNIC 335
Office Hours
Fall 2022

Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fridays 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Courses Taught

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Rhetoric in Greece (COMM 4008)
Human Communication (COMM 4200)
Seminar in Communication Theory (COMM 4205)
Media & Society (COMM 4206)
Communications Law and Ethics (COMM 4230)
Media Criticism (COMM 4240)
Communication Ethics (COMM 7005)
Quantitative Research Methods (COMM 9024)
Data and Analytics (COMM 9025)
Capstone for Social Media (COMM 9970)
Game Studies Seminar (GAME 4000)
Current Events & Service Learning (HON 1020)


Ph.D., North Carolina State University (Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media)
M.A., The University of Southern Mississippi (Philosophy)
B.A., Mississippi State University (Communication, Philosophy)

Dr. Sylvia is collaborating with a team of faculty members and graduate students on a project that explores how people are accessing and assessing the credibility of news during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the team is collecting data about the role that social media plays in shaping the public's understanding of the virus.

Dr. Sylvia is also working with a number of faculty across campus to write grants that support the development of a new Digital Humanities curriculum for Fitchburg State University. Once developed, this curriculum will offer new opportunities for undergraduate students to work on digital research projects both in the classroom and in the wider community.

Additionally, he has also been researching and writing about the history of the social media platform LiveJournal, with a particular emphasis on the decline of the platform in the U.S. as its popularity increased in Russia. He is developing several journal articles about this topic, including one that assesses the role LiveJournal played in the rise of Russian disinformation tactics. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2021. “Posthuman Media Studies.” Journal of Posthumanism. Vol. 1. Issue 2.

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2021. “Civic Engagement and Dialogic Approaches to Post-Truth in the Classroom.” In Atay, Ahmet and David Kahl Jr. (Eds.), Pedagogies of
, (pp. 137-154). Lexington Books.

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2021. “An Affirmative Approach to Teaching Critical Data Studies.” Journalism and Media, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence in Journalism and Media Special Issue. Vol. 2, Issue 4. 641-656

Sylvia IV, J. J. (2021). A Genealogical Analysis of Information and TechnicsInformation12(3), 123. doi:10.3390/info12030123

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2020. “The Biopolitics of Social Distancing.” in Social Media + Society 2k Special IssueVol. 6, Issue 3. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “From Archaeology to Genealogy: Adding Politics and Processes of  Subjectivation.” communication +1. Vol. 7, Issue 2, Article 3.

Sylvia IV, J.J. and Kyle Moody. 2019. “False Information Narratives:The IRA’s 2016 Presidential Election Facebook Campaign.” In Chiluwa, Innocent and Sergei Samoilenko (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News and  Misinformation Online. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “p5.js in the Media Studies Classroom.” In Sarachan, Jeremy (Ed.), Coding Pedagogy digital collection. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2018. “Code/Art Approaches to Data Visualization” in levenberg, lewis;
Rheams, David; and Neilson, Tai (Eds.), Research Methods for the Digital Humanities.

Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Member
Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA)
Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI) 

National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA)