Professor of English and of Media, Culture, and Communication; Department Chair
Lisa Gitelman is a media historian whose research concerns American book history, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is entitled Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture and was published by the MIT Press in 2006. She has a new edited collection, "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron (MIT 2013), while current projects include a monograph, Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents, forthcoming from Duke. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. She joins Steinhardt after teaching at Harvard University and at The Catholic University of America.