Associate Professor, School of Arts, Media + Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of English
Affiliate Faculty: School for the Future of Innovation in Society; Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes; Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology; Honors College; Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; Center on the Future of War; Center for Nanotechnology and Society; Biosocial Complexity Initiative
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Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore the workings of imagination, digital culture, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press, spring 2017) and co-editor of Future Tense Fiction (Unnamed Press, 2019), Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, 2017) and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, 2014), among other books. He completed his PhD in English and American Literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.