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James Schwoch
Communication Studies

James Schwoch

James Schwoch conducts research and teaching in areas related to global media, media history, global security, international studies, and media-communication-environment. Schwoch has held visiting professorships in Finland on three occasions. He was a resident fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 1997-1998. Additional agencies and institutions supporting his previous and current research include the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the Fulbright Commission (Germany and Finland.) His current research explores environmental and climatological issues related to the emergent infrastructure and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) and of 5G mobile technologies and networks. Schwoch is also a member of an interdisciplinary team of research scholars from across Northwestern University working on the multi-year project ‚ÄúDisproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges‚ÄĚ funded by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.


PhDRadio/Television/Film, Northwestern University
MARadio/Television/Film, Northwestern University
BACommunication Arts, University of Wisconsin


Wired Into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 2018.

Down To Earth: Satellite Industries, Technologies and Cultures. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. 2012. Co-edited with Lisa Parks.

Global TV: New Media and the Cold War, 1946-1969. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 2009.

Questions of Method in Cultural Studies. Oxford (and Malden): Blackwell. 2005 (UK-ROW) and 2006 (USA). Co-edited with Mimi White.

Writing Media Histories: Nordic Views. Jyvaskyla: University of Jyvaskyla Press. 1997. Co-edited with Raimo Salokangas and Kalle Virtapohja.

Media Knowledge: Readings in Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Critical Citizenship. Albany: State University of New York Press. 1992. Co-authored with Mimi White and Susan Reilly.

The American Radio Industry and Its Latin American Activities, 1900-1939. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 1990.