Speakers

James Schwoch - Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

James Schwoch is the Senior Associate Dean for the School of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar, and Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

He has published five books to date, most recently Global TV: New Media and the Cold War, 1946-69 (Illinois, 2009) and also published many articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and essays. Schwoch´s next book, currently in production with Rutgers University Press, is a co-edited volume with Lisa Parks (UC-Santa Barbara) titled Down To Earth: Satellite Industries, Technologies and Cultures. His research and teaching areas include global media, media history, diplomacy and international relations, and global security.

Schwoch has held fellowships and external research funding from, among others, the Fulbright Commission (Finland 2005, Germany 1997); the Ford Foundation (1996-2000); the National Science Foundation (1998-2002); and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985, 1986) and visiting professorial appointments in Finland at the Universities of Tampere (1994), Jyvaskyla (1996), and Helsinki (1994, 2005). During 1997-98 he was in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where he was the Leonard Marks Fellow in Global Communications Policy. He has also advised, or served as a consultant, to many government agencies, private foundations, and similar entities in the USA and abroad, including the International Telecommunications Union, the MacArthur Foundation, the Institute of Defense Analyses, the University of Ljubljana, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the University de Sorbonne, the Newberry Library, the National Defense University, Orange (France Telecom), the History Channel, Maastricht University, and the Qatar Foundation.

Working on both the Doha and Evanston campuses of Northwestern University - but more often than not in Doha - Schwoch continues to participate on PhD dissertation committees and advise graduate students as relevant to his areas of research expertise.