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Laine Nooney

Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries

Media, Culture, and Communication

Laine Nooney is an Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. She carries a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and a Graduate Certification in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University, an MA in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University, and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Dayton. 

Nooney is a media scholar and historian of video games and personal computing. Nooney's current book projects include: 

  • How the Computer Became Personal, a software history of the iconic Apple II personal computer.
  • Before We Were Gamers: Remembering and Forgetting an Industry's Dawn, which charts the rise, demise and unexpected resurgence of the flagship computer game company Sierra On-Line

Nooney’s work has been published in Game Studies, Feminist Media Histories, Information and CultureAmerican Journal of PlayJournal of Visual Culture, The Atlantic, and Digital Creativity. She is a founding editor of the forthcoming ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories and serves on the Executive Committee of the Special Interest Group for Computing, Information and Society. 

Nooney holds affiliate appointments with the Integrated Digital Media program in the Tandon School of Engineering and with NYU's Game Center in the Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to her appointment at New York University, Nooney was an Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Additionally, she was a Postdoctoral Associate with the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computer at NYU.

For more information on Laine Nooney's research, teaching, and public scholarship, see her website:


Media, Culture, and Communication

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History of Computing: How the Computer Became Personal

This course focuses on technological developments and cultural contexts relevant to understanding the development of digital computing technology. The course familiarizes students with the social forces and technocultural innovations that shaped the personal computing industry, and uses primary documents, academic history and critical theory to contextualize and problematize popular frameworks of technological progress and challenge narratives of computing's inevitability.
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MCC-UE 1171