Peter Lunenfeld

Peter Lunenfeld

Department Vice Chair, Professor

Peter Lunenfeld's work on digital culture can be mapped via a Venn diagram that includes media philosophy, design theory, art criticism, urban history and digital humanities. Books include: The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading (winner of the 2013 Dorothy Lee Prize); Digital_Humanities (co-authored with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp); USER: InfoTechnoDemo, Snap to Grid; and The Digital Dialectic (all from MIT Press). He is the creator and editorial director of the award-winning Mediawork project, a cross-platform publishing series for the MIT Press. He was the 2015-2016 Dornsife Fellow at the Huntington Library.

He teaches graduate seminars on the intersections of art, technology, and language. His undergraduate classes cover design and society, and the history of media. He is also on the faculties of the Digital Humanities and Urban Humanities programs at UCLA. His current research interests are taking him deeper into questions about new modes of knowledge formation that go beyond print, the design of the digital humanities, and the centrality of meaning making to digital culture. He holds a PhD in Film, Television and New Media from UCLA, an MA from the Center for Media Study at SUNY, Buffalo, and a BA in history from Columbia University.

Email: lunenfeld@arts.ucla.edu