Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies. Her research focuses on the nexus of architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, design, technology and communication from the 19th to the 21st centuries. She researches architectures of information, pneumatic tube systems, postal services, and mobile phone and social media use. She has also taught interaction design for a decade and was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, where she led the Connected Communities research group, and was an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the GradMedia Studies Program.
Previous to her academic career, Steenson began working with the Web in 1995 at a wide variety of companies including Reuters, Scient, Netscape, and Razorfish. As a design researcher, she examines the effect of personal technology on its users, with recent projects in India and China for Microsoft Research and ReD Associates/Intel Research.
Molly is defending her PhD in architectural history and theory at Princeton University this fall. She holds a M.A. in architecture from Princeton, a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with honors and distinction.
As an undergraduate in the early 1990s, Molly was a columnist, news writer and associate entertainment editor at the Badger Herald, a writer for the Onion’s AV Club and a sometimes DJ at WORT-FM.