Elizabeth Ellsworth - Professor of Media Studies
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    Elizabeth Ellsworth

    Professor of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    71 Fifth Avenue


    Professor, Media Studies. Research and teaching areas include theories of change and social change; new materialisms and media practice; documentary media forms and public pedagogies. Her scholarship addresses how media design creates possibilities for people to construct, share, and assess diverse ways of knowing and acting within the emergent material realities of contemporary life.

    She is author of Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (Routledge, 2004) and Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address (Teachers College Press, 1997), and Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, co-edited with Jamie Kruse (Punctum Books, Fall 2012).

    Her recent journal articles focus on projects that fuse learning with aesthetic experience and public pedagogy. Elizabeth translates results of her research and writing into media forms, exhibitions, and projects. Since 2000, she has co-designed web-based media and content for a number of interdisciplinary online learning environments, including ExtremeMediaStudies.org. She has served as a consultant on pedagogical design for museums and design schools.

    Elizabeth is co-founder, with Jamie Kruse, of a nonprofit media arts collaboration: smudge studio (www.smudgestudio.org). Their recent and upcoming collaborative media production projects include: Repository: A Typological Guide to America's Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure (2012), Geologic City: A Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York (2011), The Anthropocene Islands, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, January 2013.

    In her recent role as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning (2009-2011), her work focused on cross-divisional and university-wide programs, with particular emphasis on new pathways and opportunities to both broaden and strengthen the academic experience through innovative ways of learning.

    Recent Publications:

    • Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life; www.geologicnow.com
    • Wicked Problems, Novel Modes of Behavior, and the Power of Pedagogical Design, Invited Colloquium presented at the Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, June, 2011.
    • Touring the Nevada Test Site: Crossed Sensations and Perceptions, with Jamie Kruse, in Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning Beyond Schooling, Routledge, 2009.
    • Shelters of Exposure: Giving Form to Interdisciplinary Exchange, with Jamie Kruse, in Chris Drury: Mushrooms | Clouds, University of Chicago Press, 2009.
    • Spatial Theories of Education: Policy and Geography Matters, Book Review, Teachers College Record, June, 2008.
    • Becoming Human I Artist: Moving in Accord with the Change that Makes the World, with Kruse, J., submitted to Performance Paradigm #4, 2008.
    • Limit Cases with Kruse, J., Polar Inertia Journal, Issue #29, August, 2007: http://www.polarinertia.com/aug07/limit01.htm

    Research Interests:

    • Theories of change and media-based pragmatic action
    • New materialisms and media practice
    • Media and public engagement
    • Emerging documentary practices
    • Mediated learning environments
    • Design of innovative media-based learning environments