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Richard Maxwell

Richard Maxwell


Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global media, their social and cultural impact, and the policies that regulate their reach and operations. He has published widely on a range of topics, from television in Spain's democratic transition to Hollywood's international dominance, from media politics in the post 9-11 era to how big political economic forces work in the mundane routines of daily life and culture.

His writing on media and cultural consumption draws attention to the specter of living life under ever expanding governmental and commercial surveillance. And his current work on the environmental impact of media focuses on the environmental harms caused by media, information technologies, and electronics.

Maxwell received his BA in Communication and Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego and his MA and PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.



The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media

Greening the Media

2015. The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media. Editor. New York: Routledge.

2014. Media and the Ecological Crisis. Co-editor (with Jon Raundalen and Nina Lager Vestberg). New York: Routledge.

2012. Greening the Media (with Toby Miller). New York: Oxford University Press.

2012. "The Great Illusion of Media and Communications." (with Toby Miller). The European Financial Review June/July 2012: 35-38.

2012. "The Real Future of the Media." Feature article. (with Toby Miller) MC Journal—A journal of media and culture 15(3). Special issue on "ecology," edited by Catherine Simpson and Kate Wright.

2012. "'Warm and Stuffy': The Ecological Impact of Electronic Games." (with Toby Miller). The Video Game Industry—Formation, Present State, and Future. Edited by Peter Zackariasson, Timothy Wilson. Routledge.

2012 "Film and the Environment: Risk Off-Screen" (with Toby Miller) in Mette Hjort, ed., Film and Risk. Wayne State University Press.

2011 "Old, New and Middle-Aged Media Convergence." (with Toby Miller). Cultural Studies 25, nos. 4-5: 585-603.

2011 "Poisonous Media." (with Toby Miller). Arena no.115 (December 2011-January 2012): 10-12.

2011 "If There's a Text in this Class, Where Did It Come from? Or What Does Marilyn Monroe Have to Do with The Sorrows of Young Man Werther?" (with Toby Miller). In Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas, eds. A Companion to Comparative Literature. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell:176-92.

2011 "The Environment and Global Media and Communication Policy." (with Toby Miller). In Robin Mansell and Marc Raboy, eds., The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy. Wiley-Blackwell: 467-485.

2011 "'For a Better Deal, Harass your Governor!' Neoliberalism and Hollywood." (with Toby Miller). In Jyotsna Kapur and Keith B. Wagner, eds., Neoliberalism and Global Cinema: Capital, Culture, and Marxist Critique. New York: Routledge: 19-37.

2010 "Eco-Ethical Electronic Consumption In The 'Smart-Design' Economy." (with Toby Miller). In Tania Lewis and Emily Potter, eds., Ethical Consumption. Routledge: 141-155.

2009 "Talking Rubbish: Green Citizenship, Media, and the Environment." (with Toby Miller). Media and Climate Change, Tammy Boyce and Justin Lewis, eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishers: 17-27.

2009 "ハリウッド支配か退却か?過去、現在、未来、労働問題"(with Toby Miller). In 放送メディア研究 6. "Hollywood - or rule or retreat? Past, present issues…" NHK Broadcasting and Media Studies Vol 6 (Tokyo). March 27: np. 

2009 "My Media Studies: Ecocentric, Activist, Deeply Pluralistic, and Egalitarian." Television & New Media 10:1 (January), 100-102.

2008 "Creative Industries or Wasteful Ones?" (with Toby Miller) in 城市中国 33 (Urban China 33) (December 15), special issue on Creative China: Counter-Mapping the Creative Industries, edited by Mónica Carriço, Bert de Muynck, Ned Rossiter.

"Green Smokestacks?" with Toby Miller. Feminist Media Studies 8:3, September 2008.

"Ecological Ethics and Media Technology." with Toby Miller. International Journal of Communication Vol. 2 2008, Features. (online

Special Double Issue: Cultural Labor. Co-editor with Toby Miller. Social Semiotics 15 (3) December 2005 & 16 (1) April 2006.

"El Papel de la Comunicación en Nuestra Sociedad," Documentación Social: Revista de Estudios Sociales y Sociología Aplicada No. 140, 2006: 11-24.

Surveillance Dossier. Editor. Social Text 83. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Fall 2005.

Global Hollywood 2. Co-author with Toby Miller (lead author), Nitin Govil, John McMurria, and Ting Wang.  Revised and Expanded edition of Global Hollywood (2001). London: British Film Institute 2005.

Herbert Schiller. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Special Issue: 9-11 and the Media, Co-editor with Justin Lewis and Toby Miller. Television and New Media. Volume 3, Number 2. May 2002.

Culture Works: The Political Economy of Culture. Editor. University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Media and the Ecological Crisis


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