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Anita Say Chan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship at the National Centerfor Supercomputing Applications at UIUC. Her research and teaching interestsinclude globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and hybridpedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 fromthe MIT Doctoral Programs in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book on the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries:Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism, was released by MIT Press in 2014, and was released in Spanish by the Institute of Peruvian Studies in 2018. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation. She is faculty affiliate at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the Illinois Informatics Institute, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and theCollaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). She is a2018-19 Faculty Fellow with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities' Training in Digital Methods for the Humanities Program, and a 2017-19 Faculty Fellow with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Media and Cinema Studies
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Institute of Communications Research
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences
Associate Professor, Asian American Studies
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- The Promiscuity of Networks: Digital Universalism and Local Futures in Information-Age Peru. . MIT Press, 2013.
- Chan, Anita, Rosemary Coombe, and Nicole Aylwin. "“Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage and Rights-Based Development." Intellectual Property: The Human Rights Paradox. . Ed. Willem Grosheide. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010.
- Chan, Anita. "Through Fieldwork: Slashdot.org." The Inner History of Devices. . Ed. Sherry Turkle. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
- Chan, Anita. "“Coding Free Software, Coding Free States: Free Software Legislation and the Politics of Code in Peru." International Essays in Law & Society: Intellectual Property. . London: Ashgate Publishing, 2007.
- "Review: Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Labs and Second Life,”." Technology & Culture 52 (2011):
- "The Promiscuity of Freedom: Development and Governance in the Age of Neoliberal Networks." Dissertation Abstracts International 70.1 (2009):
- Chan, Anita. "Retiring the Network Spokesman: The Poly-Vocality of Free Software Networks in Peru." Science Studies 20.2 (2008): 78-99.
- Chan, Anita. "“Re-Coding Identity: Free Software, Free Selves, and the Politics of Play in Peru." Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicacion (2004): 9-34.
Chan, A. (2014). Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism. MIT Press.
Chan, A. S. (2021). Data Journalism, Digital Universalism and Innovation in the Periphery. In L. Bounegru, & J. Gray (Eds.), The Data Journalism Handbook: Towards A Critical Data Practice (pp. 307-313). [43.] Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1qr6smr.46
Chan, A. S., & Bakry, M. E. (2020). Feminist design and the relational infrastructures of protest. Interactions, 27(6), 31-35. https://doi.org/10.1145/3425913
Garcia, P., Sutherland, T., Cifor, M., Chan, A. S., Klein, L., D'Ignazio, C., & Salehi, N. (2020). No: Critical Refusal as Feminist Data Practice. In CSCW 2020 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 199-202). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3406865.3419014
Chan, A. S. (2019). Venture Ed: Recycling Hype, Fixing Futures, and the Temporal Order of Edtech. In J. Vertesi, & D. Ribes (Eds.), digitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies (pp. 161-177). Princeton University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvc77mp9.16
Dillon, L., Lave, R., Mansfield, B., Wylie, S., Shapiro, N., Chan, A. S., & Murphy, M. (2019). Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(2), 545-555. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2018.1511410