ATEC Distinguished University Chair
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Chair
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Anne Balsamo is a scholar, educator, entrepreneur, and designer of new media who has published multiple works exploring the cultural possibilities of emergent media technologies. Balsamo comes to Texas after having served as Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Balsamo has been a leader in the growth of digital humanities in the United States, having served on the board of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) since its founding in 2003. Her most recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke University Press, 2011), is a transmedia platform that addresses the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 21st century.