Jason Farman is the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program, an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, and a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers). His subsequent books are edited collections titled The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Routledge Press, 2014) and Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (Routledge Press, 2016). He has published scholarly articles on such topics as mobile technologies, the history of technology, digital maps and cultural geography, locative and site-specific art, videogames, digital storytelling, performance art, social media, and surveillance. Farman has been a contributing author for The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace and has been a frequent media expert on how technology is transforming culture for ABC News, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the Denver Post, among others. Due to his innovative and exceptional teaching practices, Farman received a 2012 Lilly Fellowship from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Areas of Expertise
Mobile Technology, Location-Based Media, Storytelling, Mobile Games, History of Technology, Human Communication, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Digital Media and the Body