Anya Schiffrin

Dr. 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 specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a senior 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 (with honors) on the topic from the University of Navarra.  She is the editor of Women in the Digital World, (Routledge, April 2023) 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.) Dr. Schiffrin's work with economist Haaris Mateen on the valuation of news has been cited in the Atlantic, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and many other publications. She is a leading thinker and commentator on AI and publishing, media sustainability as well as mis/disinformation and media impact.


  • PhD with honors, University of Navarra
  • 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

Dr. 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

Dr. Anya Schiffrin

In The Media

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May 22 2024
Technology & Innovation

TMaC’s spring speaker series addressed unique approaches to understanding misinformation and disinformation

May 16 2024
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May 16 2024
Technology & Innovation

Anya Schiffrin said “It's these really large American companies that are scooping up information and then doing deals secretly with certain publishers that they choose to speak to" about the relationship between LLMs and publishers.

May 01 2024
Evening Standard
Technology & Innovation

Anya Schiffrin said “they [Big Tech] really, really hate these laws. And they’re doing whatever they can to stop them.”

Apr 22 2024
Washington Post