Lana Swartz headshot

Deja Elana Swartz

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Media Studies
Office location and address
219 Wilson Hall
115 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Exploring central bank digital currency and financial inclusion
Source: Maiden Labs, Inc.
February 28, 2022 – September 30, 2022
Berggruen Fellowship for Swartz
Source: University of Southern California
August 25, 2020 – May 31, 2021
MDST 3559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 3750: Money, Media, and Technology
Credits: 3
Money is one of the oldest media technologies in the world, but in recent years a variety of experiments from Venmo to Bitcoin have emerged, promising to reinvent the form of money itself. This class looks at the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of money as a media technology.
MDST 3751: Value, Values, Valuation
Credits: 3
Measuring "value" is an important feature of media industries and contemporary life more broadly. This class asks how value is determined, according to what value systems, through what systems of valuation. We will look at taste, metrics, reviews, awards, likes, retweets, and ratings, to try to understand how people answer the question, "What is valuable?"
MDST 3755: Social Media and Society
Credits: 3
This class examines computer-mediated communication forms known as "social media." What makes these technologies "social" or "media"? From algorithms to selfies, most aspects of social media have been met with both moral panics and utopian pronouncements. Students will develop a set of critical frames and analytical methods for understanding the role of social media in society.
MDST 3757: Design, Technology, Media
Credits: 3
This course will introduce Media Studies students to-- but also critique-- the theory and practice of design thinking and research in media. There will be a strong practice component. No technical skills required.
MDST 4010: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project
Credits: 3
Writing of a thesis or production or a project with appropriately researched documentation, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers or project supervisor.
MDST 4559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 4960: Advanced Independent Projects in Media Studies
Credits: 3
This course is designed to allow students to pursue independent research and study of a topic that is not contained within the course offerings of Media Studies. Restricted to Media Studies majors.
MDST 8000: Media, Culture & Technology
Credits: 3
This is a core course that surveys key texts in Media Studies. The course takes a historical approach to the development of the field, but also surveys the various developments in the social sciences, the humanities, and film studies relevant to the interdisciplinary study of media.