John Durham Peters

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Maria Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film and Media Studies

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1986
M.A.,University of Utah, 1982

John teaches and writes on media history and theory. He taught at the University of Iowa between 1986-2016. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (1999), Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition (2005), The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (2015), and most recently, Promiscuous Knowledge: Information, Image, and Other Truth Games in History (2020), with the late Kenneth Cmiel (all published by the University of Chicago Press).   He is working on a media history of weather, and has advised or co-advised over three dozen doctoral dissertations.