Dr. Orit Halpern is an assistant professor in History at the New School of Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and an affiliate in the Design Studies MA program at Parsons. Her research is on histories of digital media, cybernetics, cognitive and neuroscience, architecture, planning, and design. Her current book Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Duke University Press, 2014) is a genealogy of big data and interactivity. Her published works and multi-media projects have appeared in numerous venues including The Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, Configurations, Technology and Society, C-Theory, and at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has also published essays in numerous exhibition catalogs.