Lana Swartz

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I am an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of my research is about money and other communication technologies. I have published on topics like gender and Diners' Club in mid-century America; the ideological and technological tensions in both bitcoin and the blockchain; and advertising and mobile wallets. Right now, I am writing a book on money as communication, both in terms of information transmission and as a vector of relations, memory, and culture. It looks at topics like: the history of public and private visions of payment in the United States; bitcoin, frequent flyer miles and other "alternative" currencies; and transactional data and privacy. I am also co-editing a collection of essays on money objects and other "transactional things" by anthropologists, historians, and other scholars, out from MIT in 2017.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I received a doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a masters in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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