Thomas de Zengotita

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Thomas de Zengotita (born c. 1944[ citation needed ]) is an author and contributing editor at Harper's Magazine . He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and teaches at the Dalton School and New York University. [1] His book Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It (2005) won the Marshall McLuhan award in 2006 and, in 2010. [2] He co-wrote the narration for a film directed by Adrian Grenier entitled Teenage Paparazzo . [3]  

His most recent book, Postmodern Theory and Progressive Politics: Toward New Humanism was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. [4] He is presently at work on a book called Toward a New Foundation for Human Rights: a Phenomenological Approach which is due out in 2020 from Stanford University Press.

De Zengotita graduated from Columbia University in 1973 and received his Ph.D. in 1992. [5] At college, he was roommates with the paleontologist, Niles Eldredge, who proposed the theory of punctuated equilibrium in 1972, in Carman Hall. [5]

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  2. "Media Ecology Association - Past Awards". Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  3. Teenage Paparazzo , retrieved 2018-08-29
  4. Postmodern Theory and Progressive Politics - Toward a New Humanism | Thomas de Zengotita | Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. 1 2 "Take Five with Niles Eldredge '65, GSAS'69". Columbia College Today. 23 July 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)