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Robert Topinka

Lecturer in Transnational Media and Cultural Studies

My areas of expertise are in technology, the city, transnationalism, postcolonialism, and race. I examine the ways in which media and technology affect everyday life and urban governance.

My research spans disciplines and time periods, drawing on urban studies, media theory, rhetoric, and aesthetics to examine the history and present of media, race, and urban life.  I would be happy to supervise PhD students researching topics related to any of these themes.

My monograph, Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900, is forthcoming from University of California Press.

I’ve published research in New Media & SocietyPoliticsRhetoric Society QuarterlyVisual CommunicationCitizenship StudiesFoucault Studies, and elsewhere.

Contact details

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Tel: 020 3073 8366