Alexander Galloway

Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Phone: 212-998-5423

Alexander R. Galloway is an author and programmer. He is a founding member of the software collective RSG and creator of the data surveillance engine Carnivore. Galloway is the author of Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (MIT, 2004), Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006), and a book coauthored with Eugene Thacker called The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007).

Galloway has given over a hundred lectures both across the U.S. and in ten countries around the world. His writings have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Swedish, and Polish. He is recipient of a number of grants and awards including a Creative Capital grant (2006) and a Golden Nica in the 2002 Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). The New York Times has described his practice as "conceptually sharp, visually compelling and completely attuned to the political moment."

Galloway's latest book, The Interface Effect, is published by Polity (2012). In his future work he intends to focus more closely on French philosophy and the continental tradition.



Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. Duke University 2001
    Literature Program
  • B.A. Brown University 1996
    Modern Culture and Media

Selected Publications

  • The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012). (link)
  • "Networks"—A chapter in the book Critical Terms for Media Studies, edited by WJT Mitchell and Mark Hansen. (link)
  • Außer Betrieb: Das müßige Interface (Cologne: Walther König, 2010).
  • The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007), coauthored with Eugene Thacker. (link)
  • Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006). (link)
  • Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (MIT, 2004). (link)

Selected Presentations

  • “10 Theses on the Digital.” Bochumer Kolloquium Medienwissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, May 9, 2012.
  • “Deleuze and Computers.” UMass, Amherst, MA, December 2, 2011.
  • “Black Box, Black Bloc.” New School, New York, NY, April 12, 2010.
  • “On a Tripartite Fork in Nineteenth-century Media, or an Answer to the Question 'Why Does Cinema Precede 3D Modeling?'” DeRoy Lecture Series, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, February 24, 2010.
  • "Fury, Iridescence, Hermeneutics." The Aesthetics Seminar, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, March 11, 2009.
  • “The Absolute and the Virtual.” Paper presented at the “Internet as Playground and Factory” conference, The New School, New York, NY, November 13, 2009.
  • “What Can a Network Do?” Paper presented at the “Citizenship and Digital Networks” seminar at College Cásper Líbero, São Paulo, Brazil, November 4, 2009.
  • "The Unworkable Interface." The International Flusser Lecture, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, October 14, 2008.
  • “Guy Debord’s ‘The Game of War.’” Lecture, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2008.
  • “The Interface.” Seminar, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands, October 24, 2007.
  • "The Chain of Triumph and the Web of Ruin: A Political Critique of the Network Form." Lecture, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, May 1, 2007.
  • “The Image and the World.” Lecture, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, April 27, 2007.
  • “Nonmedia.” Keynote address for Critical Themes in Media Studies 7th Annual Conference, The New School, New York, NY, April 21, 2007.
  • “StarCraft, or, Balance.” Paper presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2007.
  • “Warcraft and Utopia.” Lecture, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, February 24, 2006.
  • “Artist’s Lecture.” Lecture, Bennington College, Bennington, VT, October 25, 2005.
  • “Notes for a Liberated Computer Language.” Lecture at the Dutch Electronic Art Festival 2004 (DEAF04), Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 13, 2004.
  • “Seminar on Protocol.” Lecture, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, May 14, 2004.


  • 2002 : Golden Nica in "Net Vision," Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
  • 2003 : Steinhardt Research Challenge Fund. New York University, New York, NY.
  • 2003 : Finalist, World Technology Award, Arts category, World Technology Network, New York, NY.
  • 2005 : Goddard Faculty Fellowship Award, New York University, New York, NY.
  • 2006 : Creative Capital cograntee (with MTAA), Creative Capital, New York, NY.
  • 2007 : Humanities Council Fellowship, New York University, New York, NY.
  • 2009 : Humanities Council Grant In-Aid cograntee (with professors Emily Apter, Dennis Hollier, and Ben Kafka), New York University, New York, NY.

Scholarly interests include

critical theory, semiotics, aesthetics, digital media, networks, software, new media art, video games, and film.