Shannon Mattern | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Shannon Mattern

    Associate Professor

    PhD, Culture and Communication, New York University

    Mattern, Shannon IMG

    Shannon Mattern's teaching and research address relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces -- architectural, urban, and conceptual -- they create and inhabit. She has written about libraries and archives, media companies' headquarters, place branding, public design projects, urban media art, media acoustics, media infrastructures, and material texts. Formerly a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, she has also taught at NYU, Parsons The New School for Design, and Rutgers University. She is author of The New Downtown Library (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), which was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Her work has also appeared in Public Culture; Space and Culture; The Senses & Society; Music, Sound and the Moving Image; the International Journal of Communication; Invisible Culture; Design and Culture; the Journal of Architectural Education; and several edited volumes. She also edited a special issue of Media Commons' The New Everyday on "notes, lists, and everyday inscriptions," and she served as the journal's editor.

    Courses Taught

    • Digital Archives
    • Archives, Libraries & Databases
    • Between Media & Architecture
    • The City and Sound
    • Media and Materiality
    • Media Exhibition Design
    • Media Studies: Ideas
    • Media Space/Public Space
    • Sound and Space
    • Understanding Media Studies
    • Urban Media Archaeology

    Recent Publications



    Research Interests

    Relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces -- architectural, urban, and conceptual -- they create and inhabit. Additional areas of interest include, generally, media and design history and theory; and, more specifically, media form and materiality; media reception (especially reading) and the spaces in which we store, access and consume media; textual theory; and media and spatial poetics.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
    • College Art Association
    • Society of Architectural Historians

    Awards and Honors

    • 2013 “Emergent Infrastructure” Cluster Grant (group funding)
    • 2012 – 2013 “Sound Studies” Innovations in Education Grant (group funding)
    • 2012 – 2013 “Democratizing the Archive” Civic Engagement Grant (group funding)
    • 2012 – 2013, 2008 – 2009, 2005 – 2006 New School Faculty Development Grant
    • 2012 Field Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation
    • 2012 Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture
    • 2011 Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School
    • 2010 “Urban Research Toolkit” Innovations in Education Grant (group funding)
    • 2009 Urban Communication Foundation Research Incentive Grant
    • 2003 Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in Fine Arts Research Grant, 2003
    • 2002 – 2004 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania