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Associate Professor, School of Communication, Northwestern University, Illinois

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Fall 2017

Özge Samanci, a media scholar and artist, is an associate professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication. She studied in Istanbul, at the universities of Bogazici and Bilgi, at Ohio University, and completed her PhD in digital media at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2009 to 2011, she was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, after which she began teaching at Northwestern. Her areas of interest include interactive art and design, comics and graphic novels, digital-interactive media theory, and location-based art.


Samanci’s interactive installations have been exhibited internationally, including at FILE festival, SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques), The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, WRO Media Art Biennial, Athens International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art). Her autobiographical graphic novel Dare to Disappoint (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) was reviewed in the New York Times, Guardian, Slate, New Republic, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Daily Beast, and the Smithsonian, among others, and has been translated into Korean, Dutch, Turkish, Italian.

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