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Thom Swiss

M.F.A., The Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa
Culture and Teaching

Curriculum and Instruction
152A Peik Hall

159 Pillsbury Dr S E
Tel: 612-625-7509

Office hours:
by appointment

Areas of Interest

Interdisciplinarity in research and teaching, cultural studies and education, critical internet studies, teaching creative writing

My writing and teaching focus on interdisciplinary subjects, including the cultural studies of education with an emphasis on pop culture, critical internet studies, and creative writing.

Research Interests

Cultural studies in education— a collection of critical interdisciplinary texts, theories, and practices—can help students understand many of the things we do in the field of education, starting with the ideological production of "education" as a concept. I'm always interested in the question: what are we talking about when we talk about education? And how do the answers to that question shape how we think about our everyday lives and about teaching and learning?

Many of my masters and Ph.D. students are involved in questioning and writing about how pedagogy works within and across a variety of sites—not only the formal spaces of education (the classroom), but  other sites as well.  My students tend to have an investment in how pedagogical practices emerge out of specific histories, projects, and revelations of power. One of the leading journals in this field is The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies.

My writing and teaching focus on the cultural studies of education with an emphasis on popular culture, critical internet studies, and creative writing.

I'm also a poet and I offer a course on teaching creative writing for graduate students once a year.

My books include:


Selected Publications

  1. Books
    Swiss, T. and Herman, A. and Hadlaw, J. (2014). Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries. New York: Routledge.
    Sheehy, C. and Swiss, T. (2009). Highway 61 Revisited: Dylan’s Road from Minnesota to the World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 
    Anson, C., Beach, R., & Swiss, T. (2008). Digital Writing in the Classroom. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.
    Swiss, T., & Morris, A. (2006). New Media Poetics: Contexts/Technotexts/Theories. Cambridge: The MIT Press. 
    Swiss, T. (Ed.). (2001). Unspun: The Web, Language, Society. New York: New York University Press. 
    Swiss, T., & Herman, A. (Eds.). (2000). The World Wide Web and Cultural Theory: Magic, Metaphor, Power. Oxford: Routledge.  
    Swiss, T. (1997). Rough Cut, a volume of poems. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. Nominated by UI Press for the National Book Award and Laughlin/Lamont Prize.
    Swiss, T. & Horner, B. (Eds.). (1999). Key Concepts for Popular Music and Culture: New Essays. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers.
    Swiss, T., Sloop, J., & Herman, A. (Eds.). (1997). Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers. 
    Swiss, T. (1986). Measure, volume of poems. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.