2012 Physics Graduate Commencement

Event Date: 

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Faculty Club Green

Lisa Parks

Dr. Lisa Parks is a Professor and former Department Chair of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and an affiliate of the Department of Feminist Studies. She has conducted extensive research on the uses of satellite, computer, and television technologies in transnational contexts. Her research explores uses of media technologies in relation to world history and geopolitics and engages with fields such as geography, international relations, and communication studies. She has written and edited publications on intriguing topics ranging from secret satellites to global security in a post-911 world, from the mapping of orbit to political uses of Google Earth, from mobile phone use in post-communist countries to the visualization of communication infrastructures.

Dr. Parks is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual,and Coverage: Media Space and Security After 911 (forthcoming) and is working on a third book entitled Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies. She has co-edited three books: Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures, Planet TV and Undead TV.

UCSB honored Dr. Parks in 2002 with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Her fields of expertise include Media Theory, Broadcast History, Science and Technology Studies, Global Media, and Cultural Studies.

This summer Dr. Parks will travel to Africa where, with a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, she and UCSB Computer Science Professor Elizabeth Belding will embark on a project to bring wireless network solutions to a city in the southern province of Zambia. She has been an invited lecturer in Germany, Bosnia, Hungary, Spain, Denmark, Slovenia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Argentina, Qatar, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, and England, as well as in the U.S. In 2006/7 she was awarded a research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin.

She received her Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a minor in Technology and Culture.