Deja (Lana) Swartz Deja (Lana) Swartz
dswartz [at] usc [dot] edu

Most of Lana's work is on money (and other regimes of value) as techno-social practice. She is Manuel Castells' research assistant and the 2013-2014 Wallis Annenberg Graduate Research Fellow. She has written about payment systems ranging from Diners' Club, the first universal charge card, to bitcoin, the anarcho-crypto currency. In 2009, she completed a masters in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her thesis was on "fake" luxury fashion. There, she also developed a teachers' strategy guide and organized an unconference on cultural geography and new media literacies. Before graduate school, she taught high school English in Houston, TX as part of Teach For America. Her website is http://www.llaannaa.com