Zane Griffin Talley Cooper

Portrait of Zane Cooper
Doctoral Candidate

Zane Griffin Talley Cooper's research lies primarily in the history, maintenance, and sustainability of digital communication infrastructures. He is particularly interested in the geopolitical, international, and intercultural relationships required to sustain global access to the raw materials necessary for digital devices and services. He currently researches the mining and processing of rare earth metals and the history of their use in hard disk drives and other information technologies since the 1980s.  

Cooper holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in History from California State University San Marcos.

Zane Griffin Talley Cooper is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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Cooper's Network

  • Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.
  • Culture and Communication
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • CAMRA at Penn
  • Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography
  • Media Activism Research Collective