Lana Swartz, ’09, presents “New Money: How Payment Became Social Media”

Hosted by the MIT Alumni Association:

This MIT Faculty Forum Online webcast from July 15, 2020, spotlights Lana Swartz SM ’09, who earned her master’s from the MIT Department of Comparative Media Studies. In this interactive forum, she discusses her book, her other research interests, and takes questions from alumni participants.

Lana Swartz SM ’09, assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and author of New Money: How Payment Became Social Media, published in 2020 by Yale University Press

Ehsan Masood KF ’18

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Andrew directs the communications efforts for CMS/W and its research groups. A native of Washington, D.C., he holds a degree in communication from Wake Forest University, with a minor in humanities, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. This work includes drawing up and executing strategic communications plans, with projects including website design, social media management and training, press outreach, product launches, fundraising campaign support, and event promotions.


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