James Schwoch

James Schwoch explores global media, media history, international studies, and security issues. His research and teaching encompass methods and approaches for understanding media, technology and society that move beyond traditional categories of global analysis, such as comparing media systems of nation-states. Schwoch centrally develops ways to understand media, technology, and society through analyzing extraterritorial, planetary, and extraplanetary frameworks, such as the electromagnetic spectrum, satellite orbits, or space debris. He has published six books and a wide range of articles, and his research has been funded by many organizations, including NSF, NEH, the Fulbright Commission, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Ford Foundation. Schwoch has also advised foundations, research organizations, and government agencies around the world. From 2008-2012, he worked at the Northwestern campus in Doha, Qatar as a faculty member and a Senior Associate Dean.


PhD Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University
MA Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University
BA Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin

Recent Publications

Down To Earth: Satellite Industries, Technologies and Cultures, Rutgers University Press (co-edited with Lisa Parks)

Global TV: New Media and the Cold War, 1946-1969, University of Illinois Press

Questions of Method in Cultural Studies, Blackwell Publishing (co-edited with Mimi White)

Writing Media Histories: Nordic Views, University of Jyvaskyla Press (co-edited with Raimo Salokangas and Kalle Virtapohja)

Media Knowledge: Readings in Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Critical Citizenship, State University of New York Press (co-authored with Mimi White and Susan Reilly)

The American Radio Industry and Its Latin American Activities, 1900-1939, University of Illinois Press


Fulbright Commission, Finland (2005) and Germany (1997)
National Science Foundation (2000-2002)
Leonard Marks Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (1997-98)
Ford Foundation (1996-2000)
National Endowment for the Humanities (1985, 1986)

James Schwoch



Communication Studies


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