Assistant Professor

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Sun-ha Hong

If media technologies are machines for producing truths, what kinds of (objective, perfect) knowledge do they promise? What forms of (biased, dangerous) information do they deliver? And what styles of (speculative, 'alternative') factmaking bloom in their wake?

Datafication, smart machines, online platforms, etc. entail our recurring flirtations with technology as knowledge machines, and technological futures as the next great leap forward towards a rational society. I study the aesthetic, speculative, and otherwise (apparently) non-rational dimensions of these enduring modern ambitions.

My book, Fabrications: Knowledge and uncertainty in a data-driven society (NYU Press, 2019), examines the changing thresholds of what counts as known, probable, certain, vis-a-vis emerging state surveillance and self-tracking technologies, including NSA electronic surveillance systems and the Quantified Self community.

Other areas of study include critical theory and ethics; history of technological ideas such as innovation; video games; the works of Michel Foucault; the many branches of technology studies; affect, phenomenology and the problem of the body.

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  • 2016 Ph.D. Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010 M.A. Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2008 B.A. Hons. Media Studies & B.A. Classical Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Currently Teaching


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  • (2019) Fabrications: Knowledge and uncertainty in the data-driven society. NYU Press.

Selected Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • 2018 “Surveillance, Sensors, and Knowledge through the machine.” In: Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture, ed. Amanda Lagerkvist. Routledge.
  • 2017 Carolyn Marvin & Sun-ha Hong, “Introduction.” In: Place, Space, and Mediated Communication: Exploring Context Collapse, ed. Carolyn Marvin & Sun-ha Hong, Routledge.
  • 2017 Amelia Arsenault, Sun-ha Hong & Monroe Price. “Strategic Narratives of the Arab Spring and After.” In Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations, ed. Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin & Laura Roselle. University of Michigan Press.
  • 2016 Sun-ha Hong & François Allard-Huver, “Governing Governments: Discursive contestations of governmentality in the transparency dispositif.” In: Studies of Discourse and Governmentality. New perspectives and methods, ed. Paul McIlvenny et al., John Benjamins.

Edited Book


New media, critical theory, continental philosophy, big data, AI, surveillance, affect, STS