Michael I. Niman is a Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Buffalo State
College and a syndicated columnist whose work has earned him two Project Censored awards.
His writing regularly appears in The Humanist,Truthout, Alternet, ArtVoice and Coldtype
as well as in dozens of other venues in the US, Canada, Europe and South Africa. Niman, a
trained ethnographer, is author of People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia (2nd edition
2011 - Univ. of Tennessee Press), an ethnography of a nomadic utopian society stemming
from qualitative research conducted in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Minnesota, Vermont,
Missouri, New York, California and Quebec, Canada. Niman’s research agenda currently
focuses on propaganda, the impact of consumer culture, temporary autonomous zones,
nonviolent conflict resolution and nonhierarchical societies and movements. Niman
formerly worked as a journalist based in Costa Rica and has conducted fieldwork in
Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom, Cuba and Belize. Niman is the recipient
of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Niman has delivered
invited lectures and presentations at diverse venues such as Cornell University, Harvard
University (Law School) and the Chautauqua Institute. 

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available materials. 


Chapters in Books


The Political Tsunami: Not all Death and Destruction is Natural, Tsunami Communication: Interpersonal/Intercultural, Mass Media, and Philanthropic Responses; Historical, Technical, Ethical and Development Communication (2010)


Academic Journal Articles


Cover Photo & Text, Democratic Communique (2012)
Branding Cuba: La Vida Nike, Democratic Communique (2002)

Popular Press


Year of the Racist, The Public (2015)


Buying the Next Bailout, Truthout (2014)

Documentary Film

Fat Kids (short documentary) (with Jonathan Kalafer) (2010)


We Love You (with Jonathan Kalafer and Steve Kalafer) (2009)


2004 The Under-Reported Stories: Michael Niman (with Snowshoe Films) (2005)

Encyclopedia Entries


Ararat, Encyclopedia of New York State (2005)

Book Reviews

Book Review of Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain. (with Laura J. McClusky Ph.D.), Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (2003)

Academic Conference Presentations


Journalism in a PR World, Harvard Law School Project on Law and Mind Sciences. Deep Capture: Psychology, Public Relations, Democracy, & Law. (2013)


Closing Keynote Address: “Naming the Crisis: Contextualizing Disaster.”, 37th Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Sciences Association (2011)


Steamable Video of "Naming the Crisis: Contextualizing Disaster", 37th Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Sciences Association (2011)
Cops Gone Wild: A Forensic Sociological Deconstruction of a Police Riot., New York State Sociological Association Annual Conference (2010)
When Cops Go Wild: A Case Study in the Communication of Fear and its Role in Provoking Police Riots, Union for Democratic Communication International Conference (2010)

Invited Public Lectures

“Efficacy and Staying Power of Leaderless Groups.”, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library "Ring of Knowledge Series" (2012)
“Sacred Economies of the Past. Present Economic Problems.”, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. "School of Everything." (2012)
Misogynist Images in Advertising, Buffalo State College Women and Gender Studies Research Symposium (2012)
We Love You - Film Contextualization and Manuscript Reading, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (2010)
Filming Utopia: The Challenges of Visual Ethnography., Filming Utopia: The Challenges of Visual Ethnography. (2008)

Radio Documentary Interview

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Texas Bans Thinking - Again, ArtVoice (2014)