Anita Chan

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Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Title VI Centers Faculty Survey, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Center for Global Studies

Contact Information:

  • Address:
    228 Gregory Hall
    810 S. Wright St.
    810 S Wright
    M/C 462
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)333-1549
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Anita Say Chan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship at the National Centerfor Supercomputing Applications at UIUC. Her research and teaching interestsinclude globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and hybridpedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 fromthe MIT Doctoral Programs in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book on the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries:Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism, was released by MIT Press in 2014, and was released in Spanish by the Institute of Peruvian Studies in 2018. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation. She is faculty affiliate at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the Illinois Informatics Institute, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and theCollaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). She is a2018-19 Faculty Fellow with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities' Training in Digital Methods for the Humanities Program, and a 2017-19 Faculty Fellow with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.



  • The Promiscuity of Networks: Digital Universalism and Local Futures in Information-Age Peru. . MIT Press, 2013.

Book Contributions

  • Chan, Anita, Rosemary Coombe, and Nicole Aylwin. "“Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage and Rights-Based Development." Intellectual Property: The Human Rights Paradox. . Ed. Willem Grosheide. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010.

  • Chan, Anita. "Through Fieldwork:" The Inner History of Devices. . Ed. Sherry Turkle. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

  • Chan, Anita. "“Coding Free Software, Coding Free States: Free Software Legislation and the Politics of Code in Peru." International Essays in Law & Society: Intellectual Property. . London: Ashgate Publishing, 2007.

Journal Articles

  • "Review: Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Labs and Second Life,”." Technology & Culture 52 (2011):
  • "The Promiscuity of Freedom: Development and Governance in the Age of Neoliberal Networks." Dissertation Abstracts International 70.1 (2009):
  • Chan, Anita. "Retiring the Network Spokesman: The Poly-Vocality of Free Software Networks in Peru." Science Studies 20.2 (2008): 78-99.
  • Chan, Anita. "“Re-Coding Identity: Free Software, Free Selves, and the Politics of Play in Peru." Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicacion (2004): 9-34.