Todd Presner


Todd Presner just published a new book, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard University Press, 2014), with colleagues David Shepard and Yoh Kawano. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it explains the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. The digital companion to the book can be accessed at: Presner is Chair of UCLA’s Digital Humanities program and also professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at UCLA.