Stephen Duncombe

Stephen Duncombe


Stephen Duncombe is Professor of Media and Culture at New York University and author and editor of eight books and numerous articles on the intersection of culture and politics. A life-long activist, Duncombe is the co-founder and Research Director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training organization that helps activists create more like artists and artists strategize more like activists.


Co-Lab Projects

Mapping Artistic Activism (MAAP)
Researcher and Member of the Steering Committee

Relevant Works

  • Æffect: The Affect and Effect of Artistic Activism, New York: Fordham University Press, in press, expected Spring 2023
  • The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible, with Steve Lambert, New York: O/R Books, 2021.
  • Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, New York: The New Press, 2007. Re-issued with a new forward as Dream or Nightmare: Reimagining Politics in an Age of Fantasy, New York: O/R Books, 2019
  • Cultural Resistance Reader, editor, London and New York: Verso, 2002.
  • “A Theory of Change for Artistic Activism,” commissioned article, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Issue 81 (2) 2023. (In press)
  • “The Soup Protesters Grabbed the World’s Attention. But Were They Effective?” Op-Ed, The Guardian,  October 20, 2022.
  • “The Copenhagen Experiment: Testing the Effectiveness of Creative vs. Conventional Forms of Activism,”  with Silas Harrebye, Social Movement Studies, 20:6, 2021.
  • “Affect and Effect: Artful Activism and Political Impact,” in The Democratic Public Sphere, Henrik Kaare Nielsen, ed.  Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press, 2016.