Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
Director of Graduate StudiesDirector of Graduate Studies
New York University

Nicole Starosielski


Nicole Starosielski is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research documents the cultures of media infrastructures and their environments, from the nineteenth century telegraph cables to contemporary internet systems. Her first book, The Undersea Network (2015) charted the development of the cable systems that carry almost all transoceanic internet traffic and won SCMS’s best first book award. Alongside the book, she designed Surfacing, a digital countermapping of the undersea cable network. She has co-edited books with UCSB faculty, including Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures, with Lisa Parks (2015, winner of SCMS’s best edited collection award) and Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment, with Janet Walker (2016).
Nicole is currently editing, with Stacy Alaimo, the “Elements” book series at Duke University Press. Her upcoming projects include an edited collection, Assembly Codes: The Logistics of Media, on the logistical substructures of global media systems and technologies. She is also working on a second monograph, Media Hot and Cold, on media, thermoception, and technologies of heat and cold.


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