Jesse Drew

Jesse Drew’s research and practice center on alternative and community media and their impact on democratic societies, with a particular emphasis on the global working class. An active audio-visual artist, his film, photography and installation work has been featured at festivals and in galleries internationally. Open Country is his current film project, a feature documentary on the politics of American Country music. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, journals and anthologies, including Resisting the Virtual Life (City Lights Press), At a Distance (MIT Press), Collectivism After Modernism (University of Minnesota), and West of Eden (PM Press). His new book is A Social History of Contemporary Democratic Media (Routledge). He is currently professor of Cinema and Technoculture at UC Davis, where he teaches media archaeology, radio production, documentary studies, electronics for artists, and community media. Before coming to UC Davis he headed the Center for Digital Media Center and was Associate Dean at the San Francisco Art Institute.