Dan Schiller, Ph.D.
Dan Schiller completed his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School in 1978. A historian of communications, he has been principally concerned with communications systems and institutions as formative elements within the forever-dynamic and –conflicted social relations of capitalism. He has focused principally on the United States context, in works that engage the history of journalism; the intellectual history of communications study; the still-unfolding transition into digital capitalism (a term he coined in the 1990s); and the social history of telecommunications. His conceptual approach has been enriched by working both in communication departments (University of Leicester; Temple University; UCSD) and schools of library and information science (UCLA; University of Illinois). Author of numerous books and articles, Schiller also has contributed frequently to Le Monde diplomatique and has lectured at institutions in East Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Presently, he is working to complete an archivally-based study of US telecommunications from the 19th century Post Office to the Internet.
Dan Schiller is Professor Emeritus in the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois and a Visiting Scholar with the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.