Mattern Shannon

I’m a Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. My writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. I’m the author of three books: The New Downtown Library: Designing with CommunitiesDeep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Dirt and Data: 5000 Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. I’ve written several dozen journal articles and book chapters, and I write a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures for Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape. I contribute to public design and interactive projects and exhibitions, too. And from 2006 to 2009 I directed the 600-student Graduate Program in Media Studies.

Here’s my c.v.

I currently teach courses on maps, information infrastructures, urban intelligence, and mediated cities. I’m grateful to have won a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011, and to have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of inspiring students, many of whom have gone on to do amazing things.

Also: I like art, music, and dogs. And New York, where I’ve lived for 19 years. Finally: I know how to make a dovetail joint without using power tools.