Prof. Dr. Fred Turner

Fred Turner is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication and Art and Art History at Stanford University. He has written several books about American media and culture after World War II, including most recently The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (2013). He has also written extensively about the culture of Silicon Valley, most visibly in his award-winning book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006). Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has also been a Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar at McGill University, a Fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Before becoming a professor, he worked for ten years as a journalist. He continues to write for newspapers and magazines ranging from Die Zeit to Nature. You can learn more about his work at