Megan S. Ankerson

Megan Sapnar Ankerson is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching examine digital media and communication technologies from historical, industrial, global, and cultural perspectives. Particular areas of interest include web and internet histories, software studies, visual culture, media design and aesthetics, including the political and cultural dimensions of social apps and interaction design in a global context. Her forthcoming book, Dot-com Design, analyzes the rise of a commercial web industry during the 1990s by focusing on the intersection of design practices and aesthetic sensibilities with financial speculation, industrial logics, and cultural values. Currently, she is collaborating with an international group of colleagues to launch Internet Histories, a journal devoted to historicizing networked digital cultures across various national, regional, and local contexts.

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