Professor of Comparative Media Studies
Comparative Media Studies / Writing

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William Uricchio has spent most of his life connecting, moving between, comparing…. His academic studies moved between philosophy (symbolic logic and aesthetics) and cinema studies (early non-fiction representation); his work in documentary moved between theory and practice; his teaching career moved between Europe and the US; and his research trajectory has moved from memory palaces to algorithmic authorship. William is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, where he is principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab.  He is also professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Stockholm, the Freie Universität Berlin, Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the University of Science and Technology of China. William was one of the leaders of a five-year long European Science Foundation project entitled Changing Media, Changing Europe, and he has received Guggenheim, Humboldt and Fulbright awards, and the Berlin Prize.

Research Areas / Expertise: media history and theory; theories of representation; transatlantic cultural flows; audiences and publics; mid-20th C German history; cultural uses of algorithms; documentary

1982 Ph.D. NYU
1975 M.A.  NYU