Director of Research and Instruction
Mark Latonero is the research director and deputy managing director at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California.
His research focuses on emerging communication technology and social change with specific interests in human rights and illicit networks. Mark's recent work examines the intersection of technology and human trafficking. Along with colleagues at the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI), Mark is developing technologies that disrupt the social dynamics of the trafficking trade and creating technological platforms that leverage real-time data to provide actionable information for counter-trafficking efforts.
Under a grant from the Annenberg Program on Online Communities, Latonero and his research team authored a major report on Human Trafficking Online. The CCLP and ISI team were also awarded a 2012 Zumberge Interdisciplinary Grant from the James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund.
Recently, Mark began a two-year appointment to a National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine committee to study domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. He is also a member of the California Attorney General's working group on human trafficking. He regularly speaks to local, national and international audiences on the topic of technology and trafficking.
As an experienced professor, Mark has taught both at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles and as the lead faculty for the school's London program.
Mark has published in journals such as Information,Communication & Society, International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, and Communication Research and presents at the International Communication Association.
Professor Latonero holds a Ph.D. in Communication from USC Annenberg and was a post-doctoral Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.