Lisa Nakamura is Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures and American Cultures and Asian Pacific Island Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota Press: winner of the Asian American Studies Association 2010 book award in cultural studies), Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002) and co-editor of Race in Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000) and Race After the Internet (Routledge, 2011). Nakamura has written most recently on how reading platforms such as Goodreads press readers into performing identities as readers in networked forums in PMLA, January 2013. She is writing a new monograph on social inequality in digital media culture, entitled “Workers Without Bodies: Towards a Theory of Race and Digital Labor.” She serves on the editorial boards of the journal of visual culture, New Media and Society, Journal of Asian American Studies, Games and Culture, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture.
The Internet and computing have become an absolutely integral part of everyday life. Some would say too much so. As debates about whether we are too chained to our digital devices continue to flourish, historians and other humanists find themselves asking different questions. Where did these devices come from, whose labor created them, and what social and cultural forces collided to make their creation and adoption possible? Scholars of digital media and the digital humanities are starting to delve more deeply into the history of computer culture, looking for parts of the story that may have been neglected, buried, or otherwise left out of existing accounts of Silicon Valley and the rise of the Internet.Read More