PhD, 2013, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Political economy of media, internet and digital media, advertising and public relations, media policy.
Dr. Crain's research and teaching center on the transformation of media
and advertising systems in the digital age with an emphasis on
economics, politics, and internet technologies. He is currently
completing a book manuscript that examines the historical
development of online advertising and the impact of the dotcom era on
the reconfiguration of the media system. This project provides a
critical account of how the internet was rapidly molded into a platform
for large-scale consumer monitoring and draws connections
between commercial and governmental surveillance. Dr. Crain's research
has been published in academic journals including Information, Communication & Society and the International Journal of Communication. He teaches a range of courses in the
areas of political economy of media, internet and digital media, advertising and public relations, and media policy.