Halpern, Orit

Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern
  • Ph.D. History of Science, Harvard University
  • MPH Public Health Mailmen School of Public Health Columbia University
  • BA History Dartmouth College
Assistant Professor, History

Dr. Orit Halpern is an assistant professor in History at the New School for Social Research and Lang College. She is also an affiliate of the new Design MA in the Art and Design History and Theory School at Parsons. Her research is on histories of digital media, cybernetics, art and design. Her current book project (forthcoming through Duke Press) is titled The Eye of Time and is a history of cybernetic, cognitive science, and design. Her published works and multi-media projects have (or will) appear in C-theory, Configurations, Post-Modern Culture, and The Journal of Visual Culture and at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.

She completed her Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University in the History of Science (2006) and received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University (2007-08). She is currently a fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU as part of the Poiesis Fellowship, and also a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
Courses Taught:
  • Power+Knowledge: Introduction to the History of Science
  • Militarized Vision: The Cold War, Technology, and Culture
  • Origins of Contemporary Visual Culture
  • The Eye Through Time: Histories of the Senses
Recent Publications:
  • The Eye of Time: Cybernetics , Design, and Politics in Cold War America (forthcoming Duke Press, Spring 2013)

Selected Publications:

  • Perceptual Machines: Communication, Archiving, and Vision in Post-War American Design,forthcoming Journal Of Visual Culture Fall 2012

  • Affective Machines, Technology and Culture, Volume 53, Issue 1, January 2012.

  • Anagram, Gestalt, Game in Maya Deren: Reconfiguring the Image in Post-war Cinema (Post-Modern Culture Volume 19, Number 3, 2009) [download]

  • Dreams for Our Perceptual Present: Archives, Interfaces, and Networks in Cybernetics, Configurations, 13:2, 2007: 283-320. [download]

  • Chromosome 22
Office Location:
80 Fifth Avenue
Room 507
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
By appointment.
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5376 x2990


Research Interests:
  • History of Computing and Cybernetics
  • History of Social and Human Sciences
  • History of Design
  • Post-Structural and Queer Theory


Professional Affiliations:
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science
  • Society for Language, Literature and the Arts
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • Guggenheim/BMW Lab, Lower East Side, New York, August 2011
  • Archiving Nature: Preservation Practices for a Digital Age (co-produced with Tal Halpern): web-based installation shown at ZKM: Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. Spring-Summer 2002.
Awards and Honors:
  • Poiesis Fellowship/Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU

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