Richard Maxwell, Ph.D. and Toby Miller, Ph.D.

Toby Miller, Ph.D. and Richard Maxwell, Ph.D.
Richard Maxwell, Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Toby Miller, Ph.D., is a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, has published essays in more than 100 journals and edited collections, and is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs.

His teaching and research cover the media, sports, labor, gender, race, citizenship, politics, and cultural policy, as well as the success of Hollywood overseas and the adverse effects of electronic waste. Miller's work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, German, Spanish, Turkish, and Portuguese.

He has been Media Scholar in Residence at Sarai, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in India, Becker Lecturer at the University of Iowa, a Queensland Smart Returns Fellow in Australia, Honorary Professor at the Center for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, CanWest Visiting Fellow at the Alberta Global Forum in Canada, an International Research collaborator at the Centre for Cultural Research in Australia, and Study Center Director for the University of California in Mexico.

Among his books, SportSex was a Choice Outstanding Title for 2002 and A Companion to Film Theory was a Choice Outstanding Title for 2004. Born in the United Kingdom and brought up in England, India, and Australia, Miller earned a B.A. in history and political science at the Australian National University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in philosophy and communication studies at Murdoch University in 1991. He taught at Murdoch, Griffith University, and the University of New South Wales and was a professor at New York University from 1993 to 2004, when he joined the University of California, Riverside and helped form a new Department of Media & Cultural Studies. He lives in Los Angeles.

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.

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Greening the Media

You may not look at your cell phone, TV, or computer the same way after reading this blog. It reveals secrets lurking within electronic devices. Marshaling economic, environmental, and historical facts, Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller examine the environmental, safety, and health record of these technologies. We show how making, consuming, and discarding these gadgets is rife with toxic ingredients, poisonous working conditions, and hazardous waste. But all is not lost: we can think creatively about ways to solve these problems as green workers, consumers, and citizens.