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Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
New York University
Mara Mills is a historian of science who works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include telephone and mobile media studies, science and technology studies, communication history, and disability theory. Her current book project traces the historical associations between deafness and communication engineering in the telephone system. Other projects include: a history of talking books, reading machines, and print disability; a collaborative study of the history and politics of "miniaturization" in the electronics industry. Mills has lectured widely, including recent talks at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan); the Insitute of Media Archaeology at Kulturfabrik Hainburg (Austria); Université Paris Diderot; the Stanford Seminar on Science, Technology, and Society; the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa; and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of History. She comes to NYU after two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Areas:History of science, history of technology, disability studies, media studies