Josh Shepperd works on the history of media industries and policy, as well as the intellectual history of communication. Josh designs and directs public research projects for the Library of Congress NRPB and RSS, which includes a high degree of collaboration with museums, archives, and higher education institutions across grantwriting, digital humanities, and curatorial programs. His public-facing work with the Library of Congress has been featured by the Washington Post, NPR, C-Span, The Atlantic, Vox, Time, The Hill, and CBS Radio.
Media History, Media Policy, Media Industries, Public Media, Copyright Policy, Philosophy of Media, Media Theory, Sound Studies
MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
Examines the historical development of communication forms, tools, technologies and institutions (orality, writing, printing, photography, film, radio, television, computers, internet); their influence on culture (forms of expression and social relationships); and their impact on social and individual experience. Applies knowledge of communication history to contemporary social issues and problems in media and society, domestically and internationally.
MDST 3001 - Media Research
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduces theoretical approaches and practices used to analyze the content, structure, influence and contexts of media. Explores factors shaping media, including: politics, economics, technology, cultural traditions. Studies concepts, theoretical approaches and research methods of media criticism, and adopts and adapts these frameworks in analyses of mediated communication.
MDST 7011 - Proseminar in Media Communication Theory 1
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Introduces the principal concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7011.