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Gabriele Balbi is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the Institute of Media and Journalism (USI-Lugano). In the Faculty of Communication Sciences, he is Vice and Study Dean, director of the China Media Observatory, responsible for the "communication and media" minor at the BA level. 

He received a BA and MA in Communication Sciences at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2002 and 2004 and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Social History of Communication at USI-Lugano (Switzerland) in 2008. He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (USA) and Visiting Research Student at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) in 2007, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (USA) and University of Westminster (UK) in 2011 and 2012, Douglas Byrne Marconi Fellow 2012 (Oxford University, UK) and lecturer in media and politics at Northumbria University (UK) in 2012 and 2013.

His main areas of research are media history and the history of telecommunications. He has written four books, several book chapters and articles for scientific journals on these topics.


Media History; History of Telecommunications; Relationships between Old and New Media; International and transnational history of Telecommunication; History of Telephone and Cell Phone; Early Broadcasting Systems (Telephone Hirmondò); History of radio and television; History of digital media; History of Ideas of Communication; History of Media Studies.

Competence areas

  • Communication and Media History
  • Digital Media
  • History of Media Studies and Media Theories
  • History of Telecommunications and Media
  • Media Change and Continuity
  • Media Digitalisation
  • Media Economics
  • Media Evolution
  • Media Failures
  • Media in China
  • Media Regulation
  • Old and New Media (relationship between)
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Social History of Media