Professor, Film and Media Studies
Director, Center for Information Technology and Society
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010
Lisa Parks, Ph.D., is Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she is also the Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society. Parks’ research explores uses of media technologies in relation to social power, time/space, and geopolitics. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and engages with fields such as cultural geography, communication, international relations, science and technology studies, and art. Parks is author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke UP, 2005), and Coverage: Vertical Mediation and Counterterrorism (forthcoming 2014), and is working on a third book entitled Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies. She is co-editor of: Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures (Rutgers UP, 2012), Planet TV (NYU, 2003), and Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (University of Illinois, forthcoming). Parks has held invited visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, McGill University, the University of Southern California, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently co-PI on major grants funded by the NSF and the U.S. State Department.