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Lisa Parks is Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lat at MIT. Her research is focused in several areas: satellite technologies and global media cultures; critical studies of media infrastructures; and media, militarization and surveillance. Parks is the author of Rethinking Media Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2018) and Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke UP, 2005), and is co-editor of Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke UP, 2017), Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (U of Illinois, 2016), Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures (Rutgers, 2012), and Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU 2003). Parks has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, McGill University, University of Southern California, the Annenberg School of Commmunication at the University of Pennsylvania, and IKKM in Weimar, Germany. Parks has been a PI on major grans from the National Science Foundation and the US State Department. She is committed to exploring how greater understanding of media systems can inform and assist citizens, scholars and policymakers in the US and abroad to advance campaigns for technological literacy, creative express, social justice, and human rights. Before joining the MIT faculty, Parks was Professor and former Department Chair of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she also served as Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society.
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