Jason Farman

Associate Professor and Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program

Jason Farman is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program in the Honors College. He is also a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers). He is the editor of the books The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Routledge, 2014) and Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (Routledge, 2016). He is currently writing a book Waiting for Word, which will be published by Yale University Press in 2017. He has published scholarly articles on such topics as mobile technologies, the history of technology, digital maps and cultural geography, locative and site-specific art, videogames, digital storytelling, performance art, social media, and surveillance. Farman has been a contributing author for The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace and has been a frequent media expert on how technology is transforming culture for ABC News, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the Denver Post, among others. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

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Research Areas

  • Digital Media
  • Embodiment
  • Space and Place
  • Everyday Life
  • Performance Studies
  • History of Technology


  • Ph.D., Digital Media and Performance Studies (UCLA)
  • M.A., English (Claremont)
  • B.A., Communication Studies and English (Westmont)

Select Publications


  • Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media. New York: Routledge Press, 2012.
  • The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies. (Editor) New York: Routledge Press, 2014.
  • Foundations of Mobile Media: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field. (Editor) New York: Routledge Press, 2016

Articles and Chapters

  • “Surveillance from the Middle.” Media Fields, 11 (2016): http://mediafieldsjournal.squarespace.com/surveillance-from-the-middle/
  • “Objects as Audience: Phenomenologies of Vibrant Virtuality in GPS Art.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 21.1 (2016): 196-209.
  • “Stories, Spaces, and Bodies: The Production of Embodied Space Through Mobile Media Storytelling.” Communication Research and Practice 1.2 (2015): 101-116.
  • “The Materiality of Locative Media: On the Invisible Infrastructure of Mobile Networks.” Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries. Ed. Andrew Herman, Jan Hadlaw, and Thom Swiss. New York: Routledge, 2015: 45-59.
  • “Map Interfaces and the Production of Locative Media Spaces.” Locative Media. Ed. Rowan Wilken and Gerard Goggin. New York: Routledge, 2015: 83-93.
  • “Creative Misuse as Resistance: Surveillance, Mobile Technologies, and Locative Games.” Surveillance & Society 12.3 (2014): 377-388.
  • “Storytelling and Locative Media: Exploring the Intersection of Site-Specificity, Content, and Materiality.” Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. Ed. Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth. New York: Routledge, 2014: 528-537.
  • “Historicizing Mobile Media: Locating Transformations in Embodied Space.” The Mobile Media Reader. Ed. Noah Arceneaux and Anandam Kavoori. New York: Peter Lang, 2012: 9-22.
  • “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography.” New Media & Society 12.6 (2010), 869-888. (Rebublished in The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation. Ed. Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin, and Chris Perkins. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.)
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