Marcus Breen was born in Melbourne and educated at The University of Queensland, The Australian National University and Victoria University in Melbourne. Since Fall 2014 he has been a full-time faculty member in the Communication Department at Boston College, where he is also the Director of the Media Lab.
In the 1980s he worked as a magazine, community radio and suburban newspaper journalist before becoming a specialist reporter on the Australian music and film industries. He worked for The Hollywood Reporter and Music Business International, providing coverage about the industry in Australasia.
In the 1990s he moved into research and consulting in the converged media space. He was director of the cultural industries program at the Centre for International Research on Communication and Information Technologies (CIRCIT) in Melbourne before working as a consultant on the formation of Multimedia Victoria in the Victorian Department of State Development. Later he worked for Gartner, consulting in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean on telecommunication policy, new media and regulation.
He has taught in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies programs at The University of Melbourne, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northeastern University and Bond University, Australia, where his responsibilities included time as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Head of School for Media and Communication.
His books include Uprising: The Internet’s Unintended Consequences (2011), Common Ground Publishing and Rock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music Industry (1999), Pluto Press. He edited Missing in Action: Australian Popular Music in Perspective (Vol. 1, 1987) Verbal Graphics, and Our Place Our Music: Aboriginal Music. Australian Popular Music in Perspective (Vol. 2, 1989) Aboriginal Studies Press. His work has been published in a range of journals and as book chapters. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.
He occasionally records Boston Media Theory, a collection of interviews with Boston activists, academics and researchers who live and work in the city and whose work contributes to social movement theory and practice. The interviews, recorded at Newton Community Television, are available on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9OkPztazE5WDuF4PQ-lYdA
He occasionally blogs at Uprising, http://breencomments.blogspot.com/