1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Lana Swartz

Assistant Professor

219 Wilson Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm
or by appointment

Class Schedule:

MDST 3559: Selves, Selfies, and Society

MDST 4559: Money as Social Medium

Most of my research is about money and other communication technologies. 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 for MIT Press collection of essays on money objects and other "transactional things" by anthropologists, historians, and other scholars. From 2015-2016, I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Social Media Collective of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA. Prior to that, I completed a PhD in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where I was the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication, and a masters in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My thesis was on regimes of ownership and authorship in fashion-- that is, fake bags.