Anne Balsamo is a full professor in the School of Art, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her work as a scholar, researcher, teacher, and entrepreneur investigates the role of culture in the process of technological innovation. She is a leading figure in the founding of the field of digital humanities and the new research-design area of public interactives and emergent media.
Anne Balsamo's background in interactive media, design research, and cultural studies of emergent technologies has been at the heart of her work as a teacher, researcher, designer, and entrepreneur. In her book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke, 2011), she offers a manifesto for rethinking the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 20th century. The transmedia book project offers a series of lessons about the cultivation of the technological imagination and the cultural and ethical implications of emergent technologies. Professor Balsamo served as the inaugural Dean of the School of Art, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas from 2016-2021. Prior to that she served as the Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School. From 2004-2012 she was a full professor at the University of Southern California in the Annenberg School of Communication and the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts where she launched new courses and research in Public Interactives. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC where she created one of the first academic programs in multimedia literacy across the curriculum. In 2002, she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. From 1999-2002, she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research-design group at Xerox PARC who created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED's interactive museum exhibit, XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading that toured Science/Technology Museums in the U.S. from 2000-2003. Her earlier book, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (Duke UP, 1996) investigated the social and cultural implications of emergent bio-technologies.