Anita Say Chan

Anita Say Chan
Associate Professor of Media & Cinema Studies
235 Gregory Hall
  • Ph.D., Program in the History and Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
  • S.M., Program in Comparative Media Studies, MIT
  • B.A., Journalism and Women's Studies, New York University
  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences 
  • Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies
  • Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellow 2020-21, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Asian American Studies
  • Data & Society Research Institute
Course Specialties
  • New Media/Network Cultures 
  • Science and Technology Studies 
  • Globalization and Innovation Economies 
  • AI + Democracy
  • Community Data
Research/Creative Endeavor

Anita Say Chan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and feminist and decolonial approaches to technology. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was released by MIT Press in 2014. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She is a faculty affiliate at the Department of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She is a Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she directs the Community Data Clinic. With colleagues in the Computer Science Department at UIUC, she co-leads the Just Infrastructures Initiative. She is a 2020–21 Faculty Affiliate with the Data & Society Research Institute, is a collaborator and co-author of the Feminist Data Manifest-NO project, and will be a Fulbright Specialist in Bogota, Colombia working on feminist data collectives in Latin America.