Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio that explores socially-engaged design and civic media. He has a courtesy appointment in the School of Interactive Computing, and is an affiliate of the GVU Center. DiSalvo also directs the Digital Media track of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction. From 2016 through 2017 he served as co-director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Center, funded by the Mellon Foundation, and he led the Serve-Learn-Sustain fellows program, which brought together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to explore pressing social research themes (the 2016-2017 themes were Smart Cities and Food, Energy, Water, Systems).
DiSalvo’s scholarship draws together theories and methods from design, the social sciences, and the humanities, to analyze the social and political qualities of design and to prototype experimental systems and events. Current research interests include participatory approaches to smart cities and the role of data in contemporary civics. Across these domains, DiSalvo is interested in how practices of public design work to articulate issues and provide resources for new forms of collective action.
DiSalvo publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. His first book, Adversarial Design, is part of the Design Thinking, Design Theory series at MIT Press. He is also a co-editor of the MIT Press journal Design Issues.
DiSalvo’s experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis).
DiSalvo holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University (2006). From 2006 – 2007 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University with joint appointments in the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Center for the Arts in Society.