David Parisi, PH.D.

Associate Professor


PhD, New York University, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

MA, University at Albany, Political Theory

BA, University at Albany, Political Science

Research Interests

  • Media Archaeology
  • Sensory Studies
  • Digital media interfaces
  • Touch and haptics
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Critical Theory
  • Game Studies

Courses Taught

Digital Media Dystopias

The Body in the Digital Age

Media, Communication and Technocultures

Video Games as Cooperation and Competition

Selected Publications

“Virtual Hugs and the Crises of Touch,” in Data Dating, Ania Malinowska and Valentina Peri, eds. (Intellect, 2021).

“Dreaming and Doing Haptics,” Open! Platform for Art, Culture, and the Public Domain (2020).

“The hype, haplessness, and hope of haptics in the COVID-19 era,” Tech Crunch (2020). (with Devon Powers).

“Expanding the Universe of Haptics,” Lofelt (2020).

“Tactile Temporalities: The Impossible Promise of Increasing Efficiency and Eliminating Delay through Haptic Media.” Convergence 25, no. 1 (2019).

“Rumble/Control: Toward a Critical History of Touch Feedback in Videogames,” ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories 1, no. 2 (2019).

Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

“Fingerbombing, or ‘Touching is Good’: The Cultural Construction of Technologized Touch” in Figures of Touch: Sense, Technics, Body, edited by Mika Elo & Miika Luoto (University of Helsinki Press, 2018).

“Editors’ Introduction: Haptic Media Studies,” New Media & Society 19, no. 10 (2017). Coauthored with Mark Paterson and Jason Edward Archer.

“Making Touch Analog: The Prospects and Perils of a Haptic Media Studies,” New Media & Society 19, no. 10 (2017). Coauthored with Jason Edward Archer.