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chris coleman

Christopher Coleman

Associate Professor/Director



Chris' research interests include control systems, chaos and order, digital interaction, physical interaction, borders, animation, appropriation, technological decay, art as activism, audio/video manipulation, systems in nature, and object creation. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture at West Virginia University where he also spent a number of years studying Mechanical Engineering. His M.F.A. was earned at SUNY Buffalo specializing in Interactivity and Real-Space Electronics. He teaches interactive programming in Processing and OpenFrameworks, tangible and mobile interface experimentation, and motion design. More may be found at Chris's personal website ( and his course website (


bill depper

Bill Depper




Bill's primary teaching areas include web development, interactive media and 3d modeling and animation. Bill's creative work explores text/image relationships found within digital media. These explorations are expressed through interactive works, experimental video pieces and computer-based animation. He has a M.A. in Digital Media Studies at DU as well as a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English from the University of Denver.


rafael fajardo

Rafael Fajardo

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Director



Rafael is part of an emerging group of artists and designers who are exploring the potential of digital video games to express serious and complex subject matter. Through his collaborative, SWEAT, Fajardo has published two video games that comment on the game-like nature of (il)legal human traffic at the US/Mexico border. These games have been exhibited in Holland, Turkey, Canada, and the US. Before coming to Colorado, Fajardo spent six years living, teaching, and working on the US/Mexico border. There, he challenged the canons of design education and attempted to locate a visual expression that was "of the region" and not imposed from outside. His students created ideosyncratic works that have been recognized for their excellence by Milia, the leading global forum for the interactive industries; Walt Disney Imagineering; and, MexicArte, a nationally renowned cultural space in Austin, Texas. For over twelve years Fajardo has been investigating cultural identity and cultural representation through his visual and intellectual work. His early explorations, completed while receiving his MFA from RISD, garnered recognition from the American Center for Design. More recently, his critical practice has earned him recognition by I.D., The International Magazine of Design. In 2005, the Colorado Council for the Arts awarded him a grant to support scholarships for under-represented populations to a game camp he is organizing with the department of computer science at the University of Denver. His educational background includes two undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in design from the Rhode Island School of Design. More may be found at Rafael's personal websites ( and and his course website (


laleh mehran

Laleh Mehran

Associate Professor/Graduate Director



Laleh's research areas include the intersections of art and science, international politics, and emerging forms of time-based media. Mehran received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Electronic Time-Based Media. Her work has been shown individually and as part of art collectives at the Next 5 Minutes 4 Tactical Media Festival in Amsterdam, Holland; the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany; Ponte Futura in Cortona Italy; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA; the Orlo Video Festival in Portland, Oregon; the Carnegie Museum of Art; The Georgia Museum of Art; The Andy Warhol Museum; and the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. More information may be found at Laleh's personal website (


trace reddell

Trace Reddell

Associate Professor



Trace Reddell is a writer, artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination. Over the past two years, Trace's live cinema performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues including galleries and new media festivals in New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared regularly on the Web since 1999. Trace is Associate Professor of Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver. He founded Denver 's first digital media festival, A:D:A:P:T, in Spring 2003 at Denver 's Museum of Contemporary Art. Recent publications include articles in Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac , the Contemporary Music Review , the Electronic Book Review , as well as chapters in the edited collections, Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006), "Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts" in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso, 2010), and "Ethnoforgery and Outsider Afrofuturism" in Afrofuturism : Interstellar Transmissions From Remix Culture (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). More at Trace's website (


adrianne russell

Adrienne Russell

Associate Professor



Adrienne's research and teaching focus on the digital-age evolution of activist communication and journalism. She is the author of the book Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition (Polity 2011), and numerous articles and book chapters for both the popular and scholarly publications.  She is also co-editor of the book International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics (Peter Lang 2008). Adrienne is co-director the Institute for Digital Humanities at DU. She has served as a consultant to a number of start-up media projects and as and evaluator for Denver's Open Media Project—a public media initiative aimed at implementing digital tools in public access television stations throughout the country. She is on the editorial board journals Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and the advisory board of University of Colorado Boulder's journalism program. Before joining the faculty at University of Denver, Adrienne was a research fellow at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication. Before that she spent three years on the faculty of the Department of Global Communication at the American University of Paris.  She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, a M.S. from Stanford University, and a B.A. from University of California Santa Cruz. More on her current projects can be found at


tim weaver

Timothy Weaver

Associate Professor



As a new media artist, Timothy's concerted objective has been to contribute to the restoration of ecological memory through a process of speculative inquiry along the art | technology interface. His recent interactive installation, live cinema, video and sonic projects have been featured at FILE/FILE Hipersonica (Brazil), Transmediale (Berlin), New Forms Festival (Vancouver), Subtle Technologies (Toronto), Korean Experimental Art Festival (Seoul), Museum of Modern Art (Cuenca, Ecuador) and nationally at the Denver Art Museum, Boston CyberArts/MIT, SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Weaver has conducted visiting artist projects/lectures at the Santa Fe Institute, the University of Gavle, Creative Media Lab/Creative Programming (Gavle, Sweden), KTH/Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), University of New Mexico's Art & Ecology Program, University of Pittsburgh and University of Colorado, Boulder. His course areas include interactive art and design, net art and design, sustainable design strategies, biomedia and research methods.

Timothy received an MFA in Sculpture from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993, an MS in Environmental Engineering and a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University. Timothy's research areas include biomedia, biomimetics, bioacoustics, biological narrativity, emerging interactions, live cinema, immersive environments, sustainable design, ecosemiotics, and ecological memory.

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Affiliated Faculty

lynn clark

Lynn Schofield Clark

Associate Professor, Media Film and Journalism Studies



Lynn Schofield Clark co-directs DU's Institute for the Digital Humanities with Adrienne Russell. Her research interests are in cultural sociology, with an emphasis on the role digital and mobile media play in social change. She is author of Parenting in the Digital Age (forthcoming) and is also co-writing a book on young people and the future of news. Her first book, From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003), received a Best Ethnography award from the National Communication Association. Clark is also co-author of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), editor of Religion, Media, and the Marketplace (Rutgers, 2007), and co-editor of Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002). Clark directs the University's Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, which recognizes an outstanding journalist every year at the Estlow Event, a public and interdisciplinary university-wide conference held in Winter quarter. More on her research and teaching can be found on her website:


scott howard

W. Scott Howard

Associate Professor, English


W. Scott Howard received his Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was a member of the Subtext Collective. His teaching, research, and publications engage the fields of Renaissance/early modern literature & culture; modern and postmodern American poetry; poetics and historiography; literary & cultural theory; and digital humanities. Scott worked at Powell's Books (1990-93) where he managed the Critical Theory section and the prism interdisciplinary discussion series, and co-managed (with Vanessa Renwick) the Small Press & Journals section and the dewclaw reading series. His interviews in PLAZM magazine (1993-97) are noted in the documentary film, Helvetica (2007). Scott is the founding editor of Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature & Culture; and of Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry/Literature & Culture. His multi-disciplinary collections for Reconstruction include Water: Resources and Discourses (2006) co-edited with Justin Scott Coe; and Archives on Fire: Artifacts & Works, Communities & Fields (2016). The Divorce Tracts of John Milton: Texts & Contexts, co-edited with Sara van den Berg, is available from Duquesne University Press (2010). His edited volume, An Collins and the Historical Imagination, is available from Ashgate (2014). ROPES, an e-book of poems with images by Ginger Knowlton, is available from Delete Press (2014). Scott's forthcoming books include a volume of poetry, Transfigurations, and a collection of essays, Archive and Artifact: Susan Howe's Poetics. His work has received support from the Modern Language Association, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Scott lives in Englewood, CO and commutes year-round by bicycle.


jim lavita

Jim LaVita

Professor, Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



Jim LaVita is currently Professor of Social Sciences in the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver, where he had formerly been Professor of Computer Science and before that Professor of Mathematics. He holds two doctorates, in applied mathematics (New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences) and in anthropology (University of Texas, Austin) as well as an M.A. in Folklore (University of California, Berkeley). He was chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science nine years. His scholarly interests are in: technology, computing and culture; dance ethnology and dance history; folklore; performance, aesthetics and expressive culture. Prof. LaVita spent six summers in Norway and Sweden studying traditional couple dancing, and was the recipient of a Norwegian Marshall Fund Grant to study there. He has been a research associate in the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and also a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin. He has studied, taught, lectured and written about traditional dance, its social settings, and its improvisatory techniques. He is currently artistic co-director of 3rd Law Dance/Theater, a modern dance/theater company which creates a unique and exciting brand of performance: dramatic soundscapes, moving imagery, thoughtful and engaging narration, vivid and imaginative costuming and lighting.

EDP Program Assistant

Anna Kongs

Anna Kongs

EDP Program Assistant




Anna comes from a background in film. After receiving her B.A. in Documentary Studies and Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe, she worked for several years as an accountant in the growing film and television industry in Albuquerque, NM. She also wore many hats as producer, camera operator, and locations coordinator on local TV shows and small independent film projects. The project she is most proud of is "Power on the River", a short documentary she directed, shot and edited on the socioeconomic impacts of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. As EDP assistant, she is constantly in awe of the brilliance of the faculty and students in how they stretch technology and their imaginations into worlds heretofore unexplored. 

Director of Internships

Erika Polson

Assistant Professor & Director of Internships