Imaginary College

The Imaginary College is a group of outstanding creative thinkers, researchers, practitioners, and mad geniuses that represents one of the core missions of the Center for Science and Imagination: to seek out intelligent life wherever it resides in the universe, and to get it on our side. Through the Imaginary College, CSI partners with and celebrates the individuals and groups who are already advancing our mission of fresh, creative and ambitious thinking about the future.

Imaginary College Philosophers

Sages and provocateurs who epitomize imaginative thinking and practice and provide inspiration for our work.

Margaret Atwood - A word after a word after a word is power.
Paolo Bacigalupi - Fiction is optimistic or unrealistic enough to demand that there should be a meaningful narrative.
Kathryn Cramer - “The truth is a stranger...Not always welcome by daylight.”
Don Marinelli - “Trick suffering into becoming creativity - that’s magic.”    
Neal Stephenson looks off into the future. Neal Stephenson - “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places."
Bruce Sterling in Laser-Cut Hoodie Bruce Sterling - “Don't become a well-rounded person. Well-rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish.”

Imaginary College Fellows

Rebels, hackers, wizards, inventors, and alchemists driving pathbreaking research, teaching and outreach projects.

Michael Bennett Headshot Michael Bennett -

Associate Research Professor

Michael G. Bennett is an associate research professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Risk Innovation Lab, as well as a Lecturer in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He was formerly an associate professor on the faculty of the Northeastern[...]
Brenda Cooper - Brenda Cooper is the author of nine science fiction and fantasy books. Her most recent novels are POST (Espec Books, 2016) and Spear of Light (Pyr, 2016).  Her other works include Edge of Dark (Pyr, 2015), The Creative Fire(Pyr, 2012), and The Diamond Deep (Pyr, 2013) as well as the Silver Ship and the Sea series (available in audio today, and soon to be […]
Black and White photo of Leopoldo Gout standing with his arms crossed and a wall full of sticky notes behind him Leopoldo Gout - Leopoldo Gout is a filmmaker, writer and visual artist who hails from Mexico City. The author of Ghost Radio and the Genius series, Gout is also a successful film and television producer. Gout is currently partnered with James Patterson on projects including Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, and Zoo, a CBS television drama. Gout lives in New […]
Megan Halpern - Megan Halpern is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs and in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, where […]
Dehlia Hannah - Dehlia Hannah, Ph.D. is a a curator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art-Science Collaboration in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and a Guest Researcher in the Department of Media, Communication and Cognition at the University of Copenhagen. She received her Doctorate in Philosophy from Columbia University in […]
Headshot of Jonathon Keats Jonathon Keats - Jonathon Keats is a San Francisco-based experimental philosopher who has, over the years, sold real estate in the extra dimensions of space-time proposed by string theory (he sold a hundred and seventy-two extra-dimensional lots in the Bay Area in a single day); made an attempt to genetically engineer God (God turns out to be related to […]
Manjana Milkoreit - Manjana Milkoreit is as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Milkoreit’s research integrates international relations scholarship and cognitive theory to study actor motivations and policy design in global climate change politics and diplomacy. She is interested in governance challenges at the science-policy and science-society interfaces that impact the search for and […]
Headshot of Corey Pressman in black and white. Corey Pressman - Corey is a strategist, anthropologist, and futurist. As vice president of adaptive strategies at Fiction, he generates, manages, and works on projects with organizations and companies large and small to help them envision and enact human-centered communication and innovation. Corey is also a fellow of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, where he runs innovation workshops and develops classes on science fiction prototyping and futurism.
Hannah Star Rogers - Hannah Star Rogers is an Art and Science Studies scholar, curator, and poet. She received her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Science & Technology Studies, where her research concerned the intersection of art and science, particularly critiques of science in contemporary art. Her scholarly publications have appeared in Configurations, Photomediations, and A New Synthesis. Her […]
Erin Walker smiles at the camera while wearing a hat. Erin Walker - Erin Walker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems at Arizona State University. Her research uses interdisciplinary methods to improve the design and implementation of educational technology, and then to understand when and why it is effective. She is particularly interested in the intersection between personalized learning environments, cutting-edge […]


Former fellows, now changing the world from other coordinates.

Boyd Branch - Boyd Branch, MFA is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he teaches in the Interdisciplinary Digital Media program. As a communications and digital media expert he has led national and international workshops and seminars on improvisation for scientists and engineers, […]
Daniel Fine - Daniel is an assistant professor of Digital Media in Performance at The University of Iowa. He has a co-appointment in Dance and is a core faculty member of the Public Digital Arts Cluster. Daniel is an artist, scholar, and technologist working in immersive, responsive, mediated environments, site-specific locations and installations for interactive users, audiences and live performance. By […]