Anya Schiffrin

Anya Schiffrin

Senior Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Anya Schiffrin

International Affairs Building, Room 1319


Personal Details

Focus areas: Media, development, innovation, media in Africa and the extractive sector

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a lecturer who teaches on global media, innovation and human rights.  She writes on journalism and development, investigative reporting in the global south and has published extensively over the last decade on the media in Africa. More recently she has become focused on solutions to the problem of online disinformation, earning her PHD on the topic from the University of Navarra.  She is the editor of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (New Press, 2014) and African Muckraking: 75 years of Investigative journalism from Africa (Jakana 2017).  She is the editor of Media Capture: How Money, Digital Platforms and Governments Control the News (Columbia University Press 2021)


  • MS, Columbia University, School of Journalism
  • BA, Reed College


  • Natural  Resource Governance Initiative
  • Global  Reporting Center,  University of British Columbia
  • Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Thomson  Reuters Foundation (US)
  • Founder,
  • Media &  Journalism Research Center, University of Santiago (Spain)

Research And Publications

Nov 2020

Forum on Information and Democracy

Anya Schiffrin

Maria Ressa

Marietje Schaake

Sinan Aral

Julia Cagé

Ronald Deibert

Camille François

Roukaya Kasenally

David Kaye

Edison Lanza

Roger McNamee

Jun Murai

Peter Pomerantsev

Julie Posetti

Vivian Schiller

Wolfgang Schulz

Christopher Wylie

Mis-and Disinformation Online: A Taxonomy of Solutions

Jul 2020

Universidad de Navarra

Anya Schiffrin

In The Media

Anya Schiffrin said "the increase in polarization, the availability of guns and the virality of white supremacy is, tragically, a hallmark of political culture in the U.S.”


Aug 30 2023
Yahoo! News

Anya Schiffrin writes that there are always risks that come with media regulation.


Jul 26 2023
Tech Policy Press

Anya Schiffrin writes that “big tech firms would rather ignore the pleas of news providers or do deals with a few powerful publishers without regard for the wider news economy. “


Jul 26 2023
Tech Policy Press

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Jun 14 2023

Around the world, writes Anya Schiffrin, news publishers are crunching numbers to figure out how much Google and Meta owe them for publishing news online.

May 23 2023
Poynter Institute