John D. Evans Development Professor & Associate Professor of Communication and Media
Germaine Halegoua’s research interests focus on the relationships between people, place, and digital media. In particular, she’s interested in how visions of digital media by public officials and urban planners often conflict with popular imaginations and everyday experiences of digital technologies and infrastructures. Her more recent projects investigate digital placemaking; smart cities; cultural geographies and inequities of digital infrastructure and access; social media in neighborhood contexts; and social productions of place and identity online. Her research and writing have been published in several anthologies, online venues, and journals including New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Urban Technology, Planning Practice and Research, and Urban Affairs Review. She is the author of The Digital City (NYU Press, 2020) and Smart Cities (MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series, 2020), co-editor of Locating Emerging Media (Routledge, 2016) and a special issue of Convergence on “Digital Placemaking” (June 2021).