Benjamin Peters

Assistant Professor of CommunicationOliphant Hall 129
ben-peters@utulsa.edupersonal page

I am interested in how media technologies change over regimes of time, space, and power. Grounded in the humanities and social sciences, my work tends to intersect historical, transnational, and critical approaches to that basic puzzle of why media in general–and digital communication technologies in particular–take hold differently in different contexts. Drawing on archival materials from the Russian Academy of Sciences, my current book project examines why the Soviet Union—despite repeated attempts—did not develop an Internet equivalent at the height of the Cold War. Feel free to browse my work site, which includes selected publications and teaching materials.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Communications, Columbia University, 2010
  • M.A. Russian Studies, Stanford University, 2005
  • B.A. Hons., International Studies, Slavic Language & Literature, Brigham Young University, 2004.

Areas of Research Focus

New media and media studies, media theory and history, the history and philosophy of information science and technology, science and technology studies, Russian and Slavic studies.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Hebrew University, New York University.

Courses Taught at TU

  • Communication Systems (COM 2013)
  • Communication Technology & Society (COM 2523)
  • Contemporary Issues (HON 3013)