Raley, Rita

Associate Professor

Rita Raley is Associate Professor of English, with courtesy appointments in Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and Global Studies. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of digital media and humanist inquiry, with a particular emphasis on cultural critique, artistic practices, language, and textuality. She is the author of Tactical Media (University of Minnesota, 2009), co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (2011), and has more recently published articles on interventionist media arts practices, digital poetics, and global English. She has had fellowship appointments at the National Humanities Center and UCLA, as part of the Mellon-funded project on the Digital Humanities, and has taught at Rice and the University of Minnesota. In Spring 2011 she held a short-term Fulbright appointment with “ELMCIP: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice” at the University of Bergen, Norway; and in December 2011 she was a writer in residence hosted by the Dutch Foundation for Literature in Amsterdam. In 2012-2013 she was a visiting Associate Professor in English at NYU. She co-edits the “Electronic Mediations” book series for the University of Minnesota Press and is an Associate Editor for ASAP/Journal.

Selected administrative experience: Vice-Chair, Academic Senate (2020-2021); UC Humanities Research Institute Advisory Committee (2015-2018); Chair, UCSB Program Review Panel (2015-2017 [member and vice-chair, 2013-2015]); Chair, UCSB Graduate Council (2011-2012); UC Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (2011-2012); IHC Advisory Board (2005-2008)

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South Hall 2703

Office Hours: 

Winter 2021 - Please email for appointment.



Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Transcriptions: The Culture of Information
Cultural Studies
Literary Theory
Literature and Technology
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

  • New media; electronic literature; digital humanities
  • Contemporary arts (literature, media)
  • Activist & social practices, tactical media
  • Global English
  • Discourses on globalization; language and information politics



Tactical Media (U Minnesota Press, 2009)

Articles & Chapters: 

Other Publications: 

Editorial work

Reviews, responses, interviews, short-form publications


Forthcoming Projects: 

Critical Machine Learning (with Fabian Offert)

Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.): 




"Tactical Humanities": interview with Roy Christopher (October 2017)


Selected Lectures: 


Recent Courses Taught