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Peter DePietro

Title: Professor of Electronic Media; Provost Fellow/Executive Director of the UC Emeriti Center

Peter DePietro is a Professor of Electronic Media/New Media at CCM, as well as Provost Fellow/Executive Director of the UC Emeriti Center. He has been Visiting Scholar at New York University, at the Emerging Media Institute/ITP within Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, he has previously taught at Quinnipiac University, New York University, New School University's Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and at Ludwig Maxmilians Universitat in Munich, Germany.  He was the founding Director of Digital Innovation Lab: A New Media & Technology Incubator.

Prof. DePietro is the author of the book Transforming Education with New Media, published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (New York, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Oxford, Vienna). The journal Issues and Trends in Educational Technology (University of Arizona, publisher) described the book as "a thought-provoking discussion of the effectiveness of technology in the classroom" and "a valuable contribution."

Prof. DePietro is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. On topics related to new media and emerging technologies, Prof. DePietro has been published internationally in academic journals, as well as the mainstream press. In addition, he has written a series of Screen Studies articles/reviews on new media published by Wiley-Blackwell in volumes of The Art Book.

For his article "Tech in Europe: Cultural Reboot," The Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network awarded Prof. DePietro the International Award for Excellence for Volume 12 of The Technology Collection, a collection of peer-reviewed journals that explores innovative theories and practices relating technology to society.

Prof. DePietro served President Bill Clinton as the founding Director of Digital Media of the Clinton Foundation in New York City, where he implemented digital technologies to communicate the missions of both the Clinton Foundation in New York City and the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, led a team in the design and development of new media platforms to support President Clinton’s six global initiatives, and integrated emerging technologies and social media platforms to serve outreach objectives. His team's work won an international award.

Other global leadership positions include Director of Interactive Media and Digital Projects Director at Madison Avenue (NYC) agencies. Experience in Silicon Alley (NYC) as digital strategist, interactive developer and creative director has given him the opportunity to create digital projects with international exposure for Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, American Express, Barnes and Noble, Dell, Pfizer, Hasbro, Western Union and Westin Hotels.

For over a decade, Prof. DePietro was Producing Artistic Director of Manhattan Rep Company in NYC, where he was a pioneer of interactive theatre. He has nine plays published by Samuel French, Inc., the largest publisher of plays, which are produced around the world. BusinessWeek, Billboard Publications, Hearst Publishing and the Fox Television Network have interviewed him.


  • BS, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
  • MPS, New York University, New York, NY.