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About Me


I’m an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. My writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. I’m the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Dirt and Data: 5000 Years of Urban Media, (forthcoming November 2017), all published by University of Minnesota Press. I’ve written several dozen journal articles and book chapters, and I contribute a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape. When I’m not writing, I sometimes contribute to public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. And from 2006 to 2009 I directed the 600-student Graduate Program in Media Studies. It’s a miracle I’m still alive. Here’s my c.v.

I currently teach courses on maps, information infrastructures, urban intelligence, and mediated cities. I’m grateful to have won a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011, and to have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of inspiring students, many of whom have gone on to do amazing things.

Also: I like art, music, and dogs. And New York, where I’ve lived for 18 years. Finally: I know how to make a dovetail joint without using power tools.

You can reach me at matterns[at]newschool[dot]edu, or on Twitter, @shannonmattern.