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Mara Mills

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication

212-992-7325

Mara Mills is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University with expertise in sound studies, disability studies, business history, the history of electronics, and the history of the telephone. Her book Hearing Loss and the History of Information Theory is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Mills is currently working on the history of optical character recognition and, with Jonathan Sterne, she is co-authoring a book titled Tuning Time: Histories of Sound and Speed. She has published articles in Technology & CultureIEEE Annals of the History of ComputingGrey RoomdifferencesSocial Text, and PMLA, among many other academic journals. Her writing has been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Details about her research, grants, and awards can be found at her website.

Mills co-edited a special issue of Grey Room on "Audio/Visual" (with John Tresch), as well as a special issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience on "Crip Technoscience" (with Kelly Fritsch, Aimi Hamraie, and David Serlin). With Alexandra Hui and Viktoria Tkaczyk, she co-edited the anthology Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality (Oxford UP). With Rebecca Sanchez, she has also co-edited a new edition of And No Birds SingPauline Leader's memoir about life as a deaf working-class runaway among the bohemians of Greenwich Village in the 1920s (Gallaudet University Press 2016, reviewed on H-Disability).

Mills has been interviewed and her research has been featured in popular venues including 99% InvisibleGizmodoTrailblazers with Walter Isaacson podcast, The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeThe Chronicle of Higher EducationPloughshares blog, and Red Bull Music Academy Daily. Her public arts and humanities writing can be found at sites like Triple CanopyArtforumPublic BooksSomatosphere, and AVIDLY—a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Mills is a founding member of the steering committees for the NYU cross-school minors in Science and Society and Disability Studies. With Faye Ginsburg, she is co-founder and co-director of the NYU Center for Disability Studies. She has served on the executive council (2016-2018) of the Society for the History of Technology, and she is a founding editor of the award-winning journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

Programs

Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

Courses

Media Archaeology

Explores theoretical, methodological, and archival strategies for research on early or obsolete media artifacts. This seminar functions as an ongoing research studio while discussing central texts in the field of media archaeology.
Course #
MCC-GE 2134
Units
4
Department

Special Topics in Technology Studies:Science and Technology Studies (STS)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the field of Science & Technology Studies (STS). We will survey the ways scholars in STS—whose research methods range from historical epistemology to medical anthropology to the sociology of science—have understood the natural world, technical systems, human perception, & the social order to be co-produced. Following Bruno Latour, throughout the course we will investigate “matters of fact” as always “matters of concern.”
Course #
MCC-GE 3154
Units
4
Department