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.