- Digital Media
- Literary and Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
Dr. Janet Murray is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Ivan Allen College Dean's Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She received her PhD in English from Harvard. Her primary research interests are interactive design, interactive narrative, and the history and development of representational media. Her widely known book, Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, asks whether we can expect this new medium to support a new expressive art form, comparable to the Shakespearean theater or the Victorian novel in its ability to move and enlighten us. She is mostly optimistic about this possibility. Her textbook, Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice (MIT Press, 2011) unites the myriad traditional disciplines in which interactive designers are now trained into a single coherent digitally focused design vocabulary. Her eTV group creates prototypes of advanced broadband applications (http://etv.gatech.edu) . She has also worked on projects focused on engineering education (http://intel.gatech.edu) and on the elaboration of narrative schema for multisequential storytelling. In December 2010 Prospect Magazine (published in the UK) named her to an International list of "Top Ten Brains for the Digital Future."