Jeremy Packer

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Professor Jeremy Packer
Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Graduate

Degrees & Institutions: 
Ph.D. University of Illinois, MA University of Illinois, BA Summa Cum Laude, DePaul University

Recent Courses:

CCT 109 Contemporary Communication Technologies
CCT 495 Drones, Robots, and Artificial Intelligence

INF 3009 Theory and History of Media Technology

Selected Publications:

Packer, Jeremy and Joshua Reeves. (Feb 2020) Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine, Duke University Press, Durham NC (296 p.)

Packer, Jeremy and Stephen B. Crofts Wiley, eds. (2012) Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks. Routledge, New York. (297 p.)

Packer, Jeremy ed. (2009) Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond. Peter Lang, New York. (212 p.)

Packer, Jeremy. (2008) Mobility Without Mayhem: Cars, Safety and Citizenship. Duke University Press, Durham, NC. (360 p.)  Winner of the 2008 Book of the Year, Critical and Cultural Division of the National Communication Association.

Packer, Jeremy and Craig Robertson, eds. (2006) Thinking With James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History. Peter Lang, New York. (234 p.)

Bratich, Jack, Jeremy Packer, and Cameron McCarthy, eds. (2003) Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality. SUNY Press, Albany. (369 p.)

Articles and Book Chapters

Packer, Jeremy and Josh Reeves.  (2017) “Taking People Out: Drones, Media/Weapons, and the Coming Humanectomy.”  In L. Parks and C. Kaplan eds.  Life in the Age of Drones.  Duke University Press. (261-281)

Packer, Jeremy and Alex Monea, Special Issue Eds. (2016) “Media Genealogy.” International Journal of Communication.

Monea, Alex and Jeremy Packer. (2016) “"Media Genealogy and the Politics of Archaeology."  International Journal of Communication. Vol. 10, p 3141-3159.

Packer, Jeremy and Peter Galison. (2016) “Abstract Materialism: Peter Galison Discusses Foucault, Kittler, and the History of Science and Technology.” International Journal of Communication. Vol. 10, 3160-3173.

Maddalena, Kate and Jeremy Packer. (2014) “The Digital Body: Telegraphy as Discourse Network.” Theory Culture & Society. Winner of the 2014 James W. Carey Media Research Award competition sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

Reeves, Josh and Jeremy Packer. (2013) “Watching or Being Watched: What is Police Media?” Communication Currents. Vol. 8, Issue 6.

Packer, Jeremy. (2013). “The Conditions of Media’s Possibility: Foucault and Media History.” In J. Nerone, ed. Media History and the Foundations of Media Studies. Blackwell, New York. (88-121)

Reeves, Josh and Jeremy Packer. (2013) “Police Media: The Governance of Territory, Speed, and Communication.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 10. no. 4.

Packer, Jeremy. (2013) “Screens in the Sky: SAGE, surveillance, and the automation of perceptual, mnemonic, and epistemological labor.” Social Semiotics, vol. 23, no. 2, 173-195.

Packer, Jeremy. (2013) “Epistemology Not Ideology OR Why We Need New Germans.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 10, no. 2. (online July 11, 2013, 295-300).

Packer, Jeremy and Josh Reeves. (2013) "Romancing the Drone: Military Desire and Anthropophobia from SAGE to Swarm." Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 38. no. 3, 309-331.

Packer, Jeremy and Stephen B. Crofts Wiley (2012) “Strategies for Materializing Communication.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, 107-113.

Packer, Jeremy and Stephen Wiley, Special Issue Eds. (2010) “Communication and Mobility.”  The Communication Review, vol 13, no. 4.

Packer, Jeremy and Kathleen Oswald. (2010) “From Windscreen to Widescreen: Screening Technologies and Mobile Communication.” The Communication Review, vol. 13, no. 4, 309-339.

Packer, Jeremy. (2006) “Becoming Bombs: Mobilizing Mobility in the War of Terror.” Cultural Studies, vol. 20, no. 4-5, pp. 371-399.


Research Interests:

Dr. Packer investigates the historical and political dimensions of media technologies.  In particular, his research investigates how the automation, militarization, and mobilization of media technologies are used for governance, surveillance, and political control.

Research Areas:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Media History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Mobilities
  • Media and Communication Theory
  • Michel Foucault