Professor and Chair of Media Studies. Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global media, their social and cultural impact, and the policies that regulate their reach and operations. He has published widely on a range of topics, from television in Spain’s democratic transition to Hollywood’s international dominance, from media politics in the post 9-11 era to how big political economic forces work in the mundane routines of daily life and culture.
His writing on media and cultural consumption draws attention to the specter of living life under ever expanding governmental and commercial surveillance. And his current work on the environmental impact of media focuses on the environmental harms caused by media, information technologies, and electronics.
Maxwell received his BA in Communication and Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego and his MA and PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.