Anthony J. Pennings

Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Technology and Society
SUNY Korea (Room A-309)


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Ph.D. Political Science, University of Hawaii

Research Interests:

Sensing technologies for disaster risk reduction; financial technologies and news for sustainable development; monetary policy and global green finance, spreadsheet and blockchain ledger technology, ICT policy, geopolitical risk and economic development, information economics, global communications.


Born in New York and on the faculty of New York University for most of his career, Dr. Pennings is happy to represent SUNY in Korea. Previously, he taught at Hannam University in Daejeon, Republic of Korea and in the Digital MBA program at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. He began his teaching career at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand in 1993 and his research career at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii where he co-authored Computerization and Development in Southeast Asia (1987) and most recently published The FedWatcher Handbook (2015).

Current Research:

ICT and development, digital money and economics, spreadsheet and blockchain ledger technology, history of financial technology, satellite sensing technology.

Previous Research:

East-West Center (EWC): Co-authored benchmark study and book on Computerization and Development in Southeast Asia (1983 to 1988). MA thesis on Deregulation and the Telecommunications Structure of Transnational Financial Industries (1986). Center for Southeast Asian Studies, U of Hawaii: Henry R. Luce Fellow for Computerization and Development in Southeast Asia (1989-1990). PhD dissertation on Symbolic Economies and the Politics of Global Cyberspaces. (1993) Victoria University, New Zealand: Fulbright program on New Communication Technologies and Culture; Telecommunications Privatization and Enterprise Society, (1993-1996). EWC Internet Cultureware, (Summer, 1995). University of Melbourne, Australia, Decolonializing Knowledges, (Summer, 1996) Internet Development, Harvard Information Infrastructure Program (Fall, 1997). New York University: Online Game Environments (2005-2006); Silicon “Alley” Oral Histories, (2007); FOMC processes (2004-2013); IPTV Services (2007) Virality: Recombinant Services for the Music Industry (2011). Hannam University: Creative Industries; Global Financial News (2015). Additional research achievements at


Current courses include:

EST 202: Introduction to Science and Technology

EST 240: Visual Rhetoric and Information Technology EST 371: Data Science Management EST 392: Engineering and Managerial Economics
EST 441: Interdisciplinary Senior Project
EST 530: Internet Electronic Commerce
EMP 572/CSE 595: Special Topics in Convergence Research: Sustainable Energy - Policies and Technologies (Yearly lecture on Climate Finance Technology)


Courses taught: 

SUNY Korea: (Graduate) Internet Commerce. (Undergraduate) Visual Rhetoric and Information Technology; Senior Research Project; Intro to Science and Technology; Engineering and Managerial Economics; Hannam University: (Undergraduate) Microeconomics; Research Methodologies; Political Communication; Global Media; Effective Storytelling; New Media Technologies. NYU Online: (Undergrad) New Technologies in Advertising and Public Relations, Comparative Political Economy, Collaboration Technologies. St. Edwards: (MBA) Managerial Economics; Innovation and Disruption Management; Global Digital Media; Information Systems (Undergrad) Social Media Analytics; Digital Media Enterprise Creation; Principles of Digital Media. New York University: (Graduate) Information Technologies and Data Analytics; Managing in a Global Economy; Management of Telecommunications. (Undergraduate) Digital Media Management 1 & 2; Remote Sensing and Surveillance; Intro to Business Computing; Macroeconomics; International Communications; Internet Infrastructures and Domains; Technology Management; Comparative Political Economy; New Technologies in Advertising and Public Relations; Political Economy of Media; Senior Project. Marist College: Visual Literacy; Film Theory; Interactive Media; Communications Revolution; Multimedia Production. Victoria University: (Graduate) Geopolitical Communications (Undergraduate) Introduction to Communications and TV Production. University of Hawaii: (Undergraduate) Public Administration and Society; Media and Politics, Media and Meaning; Media Production Techniques.