Faculty & Staff

Jeremy Swartz

Jeremy Swartz

Postdoctoral Fellow

140 Franklin Building

Jeremy Swartz is a postdoctoral fellow in the UO School of Journalism and Communication. His major research interests focus on media ethics, communication theory, philosophy of communication and language, and civic media. Swartz’s current work focuses on science, technology and society studies, especially the relationship of communication, biology, and ecology. He is a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, where he founded the faculty focus group on Communication, Complexity, and Sustainability.

Another area of Swartz’s research is communication and curation as repair and melioration, which draws on his background in communication and media studies, history, philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, and art law. He has curated exhibitions featuring Robert Kyr, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Gary Tepfer, Carla Bengtson, and Scott Draves. Swartz has also collaborated with The Royal Collection Trust (UK), Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, NW Film Center/Portland Art Museum, and the Portland Japanese Garden. He was co-director of the What is Media? conference-experience (2016), featured as part of the SOJC’s centennial celebration, and more recently, the What is Life? conference-experience (2017), both at the UO in Portland.

Swartz’s honors include the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award, 2015 Glenn Starlin Endowed Fellowship, and induction into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society. He is currently a member of IAMCR’s Environmental Impact Committee, and has served on Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics committees, and the UO Research Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Group.


  • PhD, Communication and Society, University of Oregon, 2016
  • MSc, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Oregon, 2010
  • BA, Music—emphasis in composition, University of Oregon, 2000

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication ethics – certificate
  • New media and culture – certificate
  • Communication theory and philosophy
  • Embodied aesthetics and curation
  • Science, technology and society studies
  • Political economy of media


  • Media Ethics
  • Media History
  • Communication Theory and Media Research
  • Philosophy of Communication and Language
  • Media Literacy
  • Civic Media
  • Ecologies of Media
  • Communication Law
  • Media and Society