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Lisa Gitelman

Professor of English

Ph.D. 1991 (English), M.A. 1985 (English), Columbia University; A.B. 1983 (English), University of Chicago

Office Address: 

239 Greene Street, Room 722 New York, NY 10003

Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: Mondays, 12pm



Personal Homepage:

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Media history; American print culture; new media in historical context; techniques of inscription

Affiliated with other departments or programs:

Professor of Media Culture and Communication (Steinhardt)


Lisa Gitelman is a media historian whose research concerns American print culture, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is entitled Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents and was published by Duke in 2014. Before that, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture was published by the MIT Press in 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. She has taught at the Catholic University of American and at Harvard University.


Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship for research, American Antiquarian Society; Senior scholar in residence, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, 2005-2006; Leslie Center Humanities Institute Fellow, Dartmouth College; NEH Research Grant for University Teachers; Fellow, University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Study; American Antiquarian Society Seminar in the History of the Book; NEH Summer Seminar, University of Chicago


Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents. Durham: Duke University press, 2014.

"Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013.

Always Already New: Media, History and the Data of Culture. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.

New Media, 1740-1915, co-ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines: Representing Technology in the Edison Era. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Updated on 09/06/2016