About John Durham Peters

John is interested in media and cultural history, communication and social theory, and understanding communication in its broad historical, legal, philosophical, religious, and technological context. He teaches large lecture undergraduate classes such as Core Concepts in Communication Studies and Media and Society, and smaller undergraduate courses such as Case Studies in Transnational Media. At the graduate level, he teaches seminars on critical theory, the history of mass communication theory, media and modernity, pragmatism, the public sphere, and transnational media.


Present A. Craig Baird Professor in Communication Studies, University of Iowa

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Media History and Social Theory

Honors and Awards

  • F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor

Articles (47)

Books (4)

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Presentations (35)

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