Clayton F. Rosati

Assistant Professor, School of Media and Communication, Department of Telecommunications

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

I am a geographer.  Before I knew what geography was, I grew up in Linden, Virginia, played drums in a few bands, and occasionally showed paintings and drawings in local art shows.  My academic studies appear to be rather nomadic but have always been focused on cities, culture, and economic development.  I received my B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science from Syracuse University, interested in poverty, class politics and American race relations.  After working for a literacy organization in Warrenton, VA for a year, I returned to Syracuse for a M.A. in Sociology, focusing on urban political economy, culture industries, and cultural theory.  While back at Syracuse, I realized that geography pulled all of my interests together in innovative ways.

In Geography, I studied political economy, globalization, urban culture industries, and particularly the role of technology and the built environment in the production of mass cultural forms.  My current book project focuses on New York City, MTV and the control and mobilization of urban spaces and infrastructure for the production of global forms of cultural authority.

Fundamentally, I am interested in issues of social justice and the ways in which relations of cultural production, through technology and industry, often work against justice projects. I have served in leadership positions for several anti-racist organizations and am also a musician, having worked in many community arts projects in the Syracuse and Washington, DC areas.


Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse University

M.A., Sociology, Syracuse University

B.A., African American Studies & Political Science, Syracuse University

research & teaching interests:

Urban Geography: Urban Economies; Global Media and Information Technology; Cultural Labor; Landscapes of Popular Culture

Economic Geography: Global Political Economy; Information and the Built Environment; Rent, Finance and Media Economy; Cryptology and Network Security

Cultural Theory and Geographic Thought

Qualitative Methods: Ethnography & Activist Research Methods

courses taught:

Introductory/Large Lectures—

World Geography (GEO105, SU), World Cultures (GEO172, SU), US Geography of Race and Ethnicity (GEO060, UVM), Media & the Information Society (TCOM103/h, BGSU)

Upper Level/Seminars—

Senior Seminar: Space, Power, Identity (GEO272, UVM), History of Broadcasting (TCOM 365, BGSU), Media Industry & Events (TCOM486/GEO400, BGSU), Electronic Surveillance (TCOM475, BGSU)


Media Space and Power (COMS, BGSU)

some photos

SIEG, Manchester

July 2008

some friends...







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