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Peter Schaefer


Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts
Division Chair, Communication and Media Arts


Communication and Media Arts





Peter Schaefer joined the full-time faculty of Marymount Manhattan College in 2008 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He currently serves as the division chair for Communication and Media Arts. Professor Schaefer teaches communication and media studies classes from critical-cultural and historical perspectives. Some recent courses he’s taught include the Cultural History of Media, Music as Media, and the Capstone in Communication Arts. His latest research explores how music streaming services and major record labels re-purpose back catalog content to the detriment of emerging artists.


B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa


Recent Publications

  • Perils of aggregating a global zeitgeist. (2022). Media, Culture, and Society, 44(5), 1044–1049,
  • “Raid Pass: Constitutive Capital Flows for Augmented Reality” (co-authored with Margaret Schwartz) In The Pokémon Go Phenomenon: Essays on Public Play in Contested Spaces, Jamie Henthorn, Andrew Kulak, Kristopher Purzycki, and Stephanie Vie, eds. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2019. 156-171.

  • “Ethernet” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet, Barney Warf (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2018. 360-362.

  • Book review: Critical Theory and the Digital by David Berry. New Media & Society, 18.5 (2016): 884-885.

  • “Watching the Leisure Gap: Advertising Fatherhood with the Privilege of Play” In Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture, Laura Tropp and Janice Kelly, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 99-116.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Cover Songs in Trailers and Other Affinities Between the Music and Film Industries.” Literature and Film Association, Portland, OR, 2019

  • “What is a Reissue? A Case Study of the Bear Family Bristol Sessions.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Nashville, 2018

  • “Increasing Collaboration for Education.” Radio Preservation Task Force From Archive to Classroom, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2017


Here’s a list of all the classes Peter’s taught at Marymount Manhattan College.

  • Capstone in Communication Arts
  • Communication and the Future
  • Cultural History of Media
  • Global Media Studies
  • History and Development of Communication Theory
  • Music as Media
  • Principles and Theories of Communication
  • Radio: Culture and Industry
  • Intro to Cinema Studies


Nugent Hall, Room 560