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Jason Farman

Jason Farman standing in front a bookshelf

Professor and Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program, American Studies

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Research Expertise

Digital Cultures
Everyday Life
Material Culture
Media Studies
Performance Studies
Space and Place

Jason Farman is a Professor at University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of American Studies and the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program. He is also a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and a Faculty Associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is author of the books Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World (Yale University Press, 2018) and 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). He has edited two collections: The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (2014) and Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (2016). 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 Atlas ObscuraReal Life Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also been interviewed on NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 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..

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  • Ph.D., UCLA, 2006
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University, 2002
  • B.A., Westmont College, 2000

Research Areas

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

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Select Publications:

  • Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World. Yale University Press, 2018.
  • 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. 2nd Edition Released in 2020.
  • Applied Media Studies: Theory and Practice. Ed. Kirsten Ostherr. Co-authors: Tara McPherson, Anne Balsamo, Lisa Parks, Heidi Rae Cooley, Elizabeth Losh, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grinberg, Lindsay Palmer, Bo Reimer, and Patrick Vonderau. New York: Routledge Press, 2017.
  • Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field. Ed. Jason Farman. New York: Routledge Press, 2016.
  • The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies. Ed. Jason Farman. New York: Routledge Press, 2014.
  • Parisi, David and Jason Farman, “The Time of Touch: Efficiency and Delay in Haptic Communication.” Convergence 25.1 (2019): 40-59.
  • “Invisible and Instantaneous: Geographies of Media Infrastructure from Pneumatic Tubes to Fiber Optics.” Media Theory 2.1 (2018): 1-22.
  • “Mobile Media Stories and the Process of Designing Contested Landscapes.” Networked Self and Platforms, Stories, Connections. Ed. Zizi Papacharissi. New York: Routledge, 2018, 188-202.
  • “Repair and Software: Updates, Obsolescence, and Mobile Culture’s Operating Systems.” Continent, 6.1 (2017): 20-24.
  • “Surveillance from the Middle: On Interception, Infrastructure, and the Material Flows of Asynchronous Communication.” Media Fields, 11.1 (2016):
  • “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.
  • “Infrastructures of Mobile Social Media.” Social Media + Society 1, no. 1 (2015): 1-2.
  • “Creative Misuse as Resistance: Surveillance, Mobile Technologies, and Locative Games.” Surveillance & Society 12.3 (2014): 377-388.
  • “Historicizing Mobile Media: Locating Transformations in Embodied Space.” The Mobile Media Reader. Ed. Noah Arceneaux and Anandam Kavoori. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
  • “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).