PhD, 2013, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Political economy of media, internet and digital media, advertising and public relations, media policy.
research interests include the commercial development of the internet,
political economy of media, communications policy, and critical studies of
advertising. His work has been published in academic journals including
Information, Communication & Society and the International Journal
of Communication. His book manuscript in progress is an institutional
history of the internet’s commercialization that highlights the roles of
advertising, surveillance, and financial speculation. Prof. Crain teaches a
range of courses in the areas of political economy of media, internet and
digital media, advertising and public relations, and media policy. Prior to
joining Media Studies at Queens College, he was an instructor in the department
of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University.