Orit Halpern is Associate Professor of Strategic Hire in Interactive Design, Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Her research focuses on histories of digital media, cybernetics, art and design.
She completed her PhD in History of Science at Harvard University (2006) and received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University (2007-08).
She was previously an assistant professor in History and Media Studies at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City, and has also been a fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University as part of the Poiesis Fellowship, and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.
Her recent book, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Duke Press, 2014), is a history of the interface and the concept of “interactivity”. Her published works and multi-media projects have appeared in Public Culture, BioSocieties, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, C-theory, Configurations, Post-Modern Culture, and The Journal of Visual Culture, as well as at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Orit Halpern was a workshop expert on digital space at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.