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  • Rory Solomon

    Program Director and Assistant Professor of Code as a Liberal Art


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    Rory Solomon


    Rory Solomon is Director of the Code as a Liberal Art program at Eugene Lang College and an Assistant Professor in the department of Culture & Media. He is currently working on a book about digital networks and community infrastructure titled Meshiness: Mesh Networks and the Politics of Connectivity. His research is in the areas of infrastucture studies, network studies, and software studies, and focuses on objects including antennae, ham and citizens' band radio, and other wireless media. He teaches computer programming in a humanities and liberal arts context, as well as critical making, and 20th century media history.

    Rory is also a computer programmer and artist. He has developed database-backed websites for many organizations, including the New York Review of Books, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping, and was the technical lead for the Urban Research Tool: a web-based mapping platform for geospatial humanities research. His solo artworks and collaborations have been featured in the Wave Farm Transmission Arts Center, the Conflux Festival, Medialab Prado, dorkbot, and the National Art Museum of China. @rorys

    Degrees Held

    PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication; New York University, 2020

    MA in Media Studies; The New School, 2013

    BA in Computer Science and Mathematics; University of California, Berkeley, 2002

    Professional Affiliation

    Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

    Society for the History of Technology, Special Interest Group on Computers, Information, and Society (SHOT SIGCIS)


    Recent Publications

    "Last In, First Out: Network Archaeology of/as the Stack," Amodern, October 2013.

    Research Interests

    mesh networks, communications infrastructure, digital networks, wireless media, software engineering pedagogy, critical making, 20th century media history

    Current Courses

    Code as a Liberal Art

    Code Toolkit

    Code Toolkit (Fall 2020)

    Code Toolkit: Python

    Digital Media Off-the-Grid

    Independent Study

    Radical Software

    Radical Software (Fall 2020)

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