Jason Farman

Jason Farman is an Associate Professor at University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of American Studies and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program. He is author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers), which focuses on how the worldwide adoption of mobile technologies is causing a reexamination of the core ideas about what it means to live our everyday lives: the practice of embodied space. His second book is an edited collection titled The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies, due out August 2013 from Routledge Press. He is currently working on a book project called Technologies of Disconnection: A History of Mobile Media and Social Intimacy. He has published scholarly articles on such topics as mobile technologies, Google maps, social media, videogames, digital storytelling, digital performance art, and surveillance. Farman has been a contributing author for The Atlantic and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also been interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, the Denver Post, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Digital Media and Performance Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.hed through UCLA’s Center for Performance Studies.

Dr. Farman’s website can be reached at: http://www.jasonfarman.com


  • Ph.D., Performance Studies and Digital Media (UCLA, 2006)
  • M.A., English (Claremont Graduate University, 2002)
  • B.A., English and Communication Studies (Westmont College, 2000)

Courses Taught:


  • Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media. New York: Routledge Press, 2012. Winner of the 2012 Book of the Year from the Association for Internet Research.
  • The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies. New York: Routledge Press, 2013.
  • “Historicizing Mobile Media: Locating Transformations in Embodied Space.” The Mobile Media Reader. Ed. Noah Arceneaux and Anandam Kavoori. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
  • “Information Cartography: Visualizations of Internet Spatiality and Information Flows.” Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment). Ed. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012.
  • “StoryMarker: The Design of a Storytelling Platform for Mobile Phones.” The New Everyday. Special issue, “Rough Cuts: Media and Design in Process.” Ed. Kari Kraus (2012): http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/pieces/storymarker
  • “Introduction to the Social Transformations from the Mobile Internet Special Issue.” Future Internet 4.2 (2012): 545-550.
  • “Mobile Media Performances as Asynchronous Embodiment.” International Journal of Screendance 2.1 (2012), 48-51.
  • “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography.” New Media & Society 12.6 (2010).
  • “Hypermediating the Game Interface: The Alienation Effect in Violent Videogames and the Problem of Serious Play.” Communication Quarterly 58.1 (2010).
  • “Gertrude Stein in QuickTime: Documenting Performance in the Digital Age.” Complex Worlds: Digital Culture, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. Eds. Adrienne Lamberti and Anne R. Richards. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2011.
  • “Surveillance Spectacles: The Big Art Group’s Flicker and the Screened Body in Performance.” Contemporary Theatre Review 19.2 (2009).
  • “Locative Life: Geocaching, Mobile Gaming, and Embodiment.” Proceedings of the Digital Arts and Culture Conference, 2009.