Christopher Ali is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. His research interests focus on communication policy and regulation, critical political economy, critical geography, comparative media systems, localism, and local news.
Ali has published in numerous journals, including Communication Theory, Media Culture & Society, and International Journal of Communication. His new book, Media Localism: The Policies of Place (University of Illinois Press, 2017), addresses the difficulties of defining and regulating local media in the 21st century in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada and the implications these difficulties have for the long-term viability of local news.
Chris is also my research partner on a couple of projects for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, where we are exploring the state of local newspapers in the United States.