Craig Robertson

Associate Professor

Craig Robertson is a media historian with expertise in the history of information technologies, identification documents, print culture, and surveillance. In this research he defines media in terms of the recording, storage and circulation of information. His research engages with key debates in media studies, communication studies, history, and cultural studies.

His first book, The Passport in America: The History of a Document (Oxford University Press, 2010) was positively reviewed in a range of publications including the New York Times, Wilson Quarterly, Journal of American History, and Surveillance and Society. He is also the editor of two books. The most recent, Media History and the Archive (Routledge, 2011), represents his interest in the archive as a site from which to critique the methods and practices of historical research.

He is a past chair of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. Currently he is a member of the scholarly advisory committee for the New York Historical Society’s proposed exhibition and educational initiative centered on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Dr. Robertson is working on a book-length history of the filing cabinet in which he argues the filing cabinet is an important but largely neglected part of the history of information technologies.

Dr. Robertson received his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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